Cross Pointe Church

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1800 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097

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Sunday 9:15 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM

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678-812-4500

Your Treasure

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“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:21

In Matthew 6:19-24, Jesus offers the foundation for a worry-free life.  To summarize, He says to store up treasures in heaven, not on earth.  His reason?  Because earthly treasures will disappear, but heavenly investments last forever… and more importantly, they matter forever.  “Treasure” here means that which is of most value to you.  I believe Jesus speaks of not only monetary resources (but of course this as well), but also the precious resources of our time and effort.  In other words, where and how we spend our lives.

Our lives, as Christ followers, are to be poured out for eternity, not for the passing pleasures of this world.  Our checkbooks, calendars, and agendas should reflect a heart pointed heavenward, and a life lived that way. 

So what does treasure have to do with worry?  Everything, according to Jesus.  Our hearts follow our treasures.  If our hearts are divided by worry, then maybe it is because our resources are not being invested in the eternal.  Maybe we have gotten “sucked in” to the American Dream of more, more, more.  Perhaps giving to the poor and to the advancement of the Gospel has taken a backseat to driving a nice car, wearing stylish, name-brand clothes, or having the latest i-gadget. 

Jesus wasn’t anti-money… and He still isn’t.  He is, however, anti-selfish.  He is for us; and His desire is not to take from us, but to give to us.  In His economy, receiving what matters requires giving up what does not.  Jim Elliot, who gave his very life to bring the Gospel to savages living in the deep jungles of Ecuador, understood this truth.  He said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Prayer: Father, Show me where I am investing in the temporary instead of the eternal; and help me to change.  I want my life to be for the sake of the Gospel, not the passing pleasures of the world.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Every Christian's Goal

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“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14

If Paul already has Jesus through faith, should he still “press on” towards Him as Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians?  Here in verse 14 Paul reiterates that he is pressing on, “toward the goal to win the prize.” 

Isn’t salvation the prize?  Apparently it is not.  In fact, salvation is not the goal or the prize.  Salvation is what comes as a result of pursuing the prize.  The prize is Christ.  The goal is to know Him.  He is the author, finisher and the subject of our faith.  This perspective changes everything.  If we make salvation or heaven our goal, once our eternity is secured what motivation have we to “press on,” as Paul wrote?  I am not suggesting that Christians shouldn’t long for heaven…quite the opposite is true.  We should long for heaven because it is there that we will finally see Jesus face to face. 

Paul’s goal was to know Christ and his prize was to be with Him forever.  Matthew Henry once said, “Wherever there is true grace, there is a desire for more grace.”  We run hard after Christ in order to know Him more.  Such desire and pursuit proves that we have experienced His true saving grace.  We “press on” because God has adopted us as His own children.  What child doesn’t want to know His earthly father?  It delights a son to commune with his father.  How much more, then, should it delight us to grow in relationship with our perfect Heavenly Father?

How, then, do we run hard after Jesus?  First, by forgetting what is behind.  This doesn’t mean that we never look back.  It means that we should only look back only for the sake of pressing forward.  Then, we strain towards what is ahead.  We must set our hearts on the True Goal and then order all else around Him instead of squeezing Him in to an already-full calendar. 

None of this is possible without an attitude of dissatisfaction.  Paul began this passage by acknowledging that he had not “arrived” spiritually.  Despite the mighty ways God was using him, the souls he had seen converted, the churches he had planted or his suffering for the sake of the gospel, he wanted more…more Jesus.  What about you?  Are you comfortable where you are, or does your heart long to know Him more? 

Father, Please develop a holy dissatisfaction in my soul that drives me to chase after Your Son.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.