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Article 11 July 19, 2006 WWJD Jesus Would Not Covet Money & Material Possessions

Article 11 July 19, 2006 WWJD Jesus Would Not Covet Money & Material Possessions

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Spring Warrior Church of Christ
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No.11
JESUS WOULD NOT COVET MONEY & MATERIAL POSSESSIONS
By Todd L. BakeJesus came to this world to save sinners.
 And hearing this, Jesus said to them,“It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners”
(Mark 2:17).
 
Paul attests to the same purpose in1 Timothy 1:15,
“It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ  Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.”
Jesus didnot come to seek any material possession and He did not covet the possessions of any of His neighbors.Jesus spent His effort spreading His Father’s word, not building a physical empirefor Himself to enjoy. Jesus could have had all that He wanted on this earth in the physical sense - all He had to do was say the word, and it would have been done.However, Jesus came to this earth to save sinners, and in the process He gave up all physical blessings except the pure necessities. When a scribe declared to Jesus that hewould follow Jesus wherever He went, Jesus’ response in Matthew 8:20 was,
 Jesus said to him,“The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man hasnowhere to lay His head.”
When Jesus delivered His sermon on the mount in Matthew 5, He did not praisethose who were famous, powerful, or rich in this life, but rather those who were poor inspirit, those who mourn, the gentle, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, themerciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those persecuted for the sake of righteousness, and those who are insulted because of Him; this hardly looks like a list of qualities and characteristics that are valued in our world! Jesus goes on to say inMatthew 5:12,
“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the sameway they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Here Jesus tells us where our reward is, it is in heaven for those who have obeyed Him.In the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives where we are always on the go, it isvery easy to forget why we are here and what the Lord really wants for us, which Peter states in 2 Peter 3:9, “
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness,but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to

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