By Keith Boutte
God made Solomon the richest man ever. Following David, his father’s, instructions to build the Temple of God to house the Arc of the Covenant. Just on the Inner Court, Solomon used some of the gold David left for him to build the Temple of God. Solomon used 23 TONS of fine gold to coat the walls. The room was 30’x 30’! The price of gold an ounce today as I write this is $1,680.00! That’s $1,391,868,000.00 of pure gold! In the New Living Bible, it says he made nails of gold weighing 20oz each. It doesn’t say how many, but today one nail would cost $33,600.00.
I wonder if just the gold, silver, gems and bronze used to build the Temple would come close to paying off our National Debt? Today it’s $24.5 Trillion and growing. The point I’m making is simple—God’s economy doesn’t have debt. God uses gold to pave streets!
But if you use money to evaluate worth, your mind is set on the wrong treasure. Everything was created by God, so if you could make Mars inhabitable and create transportation for every human to get there and provide for their every need, you would still be using God’s provisions to do so.
The cause we are given, the task we must perform today begins by seeking Godly treasure. God values souls over everything else he created. By accepting Jesus as Lord of all we must value what he values. The only thing you can give to God is your life, body, soul and spirit. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.
At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.
We Christians are overwhelming grateful for our salvation; God is grateful or proud of us when we bring other souls to Him. We are commissioned by God to tell people that everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. That the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. And if you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”
Church wake up, put your hands to the plow, take up your cross, open your eyes, accept the task given! Openly declare the knowledge you have been given as your personal assignment as disciples; Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
You want treasure, security, kept promises and an eternal future? Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Again, remember the only thing valuable to God on earth are souls so seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (provisions) shall be added to you.
All things on earth will pass, only what’s done for Christ will last!