Russell and Duenes

Because We Don’t Want To

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A15225.jpgThe way that parents provide for their family should direct the family’s attention on the infinite value of eternal life in God’s kingdom and toward the glad commendation of God’s kingdom to neighbors and the nations. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. . . Do not love the world, nor the things in the world . . . Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death . . . Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf . . . As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. . . If we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content. . . Give me neither poverty nor riches.”

I watched a National Geographic documentary yesterday on the construction of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building. It’s astounding. The building is over 2,700 feet tall, surpassing the Freedom Tower in New York City by almost 1,000 feet. One guy got out on the spire on top of it in order to cement in some lights. I almost got sick just watching him. Window washers had to hang on the outside of every window and wash them by hand before they would open the building. It’s crazy. I would almost be willing to travel to Dubai someday just to see that building up close.

“And you do not want to come to me that you might have life” (John 5:40). This is the issue. I don’t come to Jesus because I don’t want to. Jesus is talking to the religious leaders, and he says that they “search the Scriptures” because they think that in the Scriptures they have eternal life. But the Scriptures did not profit them because the Scriptures bear witness to Jesus, and that was just too much. They didn’t want to have to come to Jesus, even if it meant denying the Scriptures in their truth. Anything but Jesus. And when I am refusing to come to Jesus, it’s the same rebellion, the same spiritual hardness. I can do all the searching in the Scriptures I want, but the question is always, do I want Jesus and the life He offers?



Written by Michael Duenes

February 16, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Posted in Duenes, Economics, Money

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