SPIRITUAL TREASURE CHEST; TAKE IT TO THE BANK

When you have been blessed to become a “Seasoned Senior Citizen” you know that you have been blessed by God.  There is no doubt in my mind that each of you have witness countless horrifying incidents.  Perhaps you have been involved in a few incidents; and narrowly escaped death or personal injury.   Those narrow escapes causes wise folks to and say, thank you Jesus;  thank you for saving me, thank you for protecting me, thank you Jesus for being on by side.  Amen. 

 

Listen, my friends, you can deposit those experiences of God goodness in your “Spiritual Treasure Chest” and “TAKE IT TO THE BANK”. 

 

There are far too many “seasoned people” that God have rescued out of dangerous situations that will not acknowledge Him as being in total control of our lives.   They won’t give God credit for anything; therefore they have no testimony of His goodness.    

 

They call their narrow escapes good luck and say their lucky stars guided them through; they give no thought of how angels are watching over them day and night;  sent by our loving Father God. 

 

They have no understanding that they are still here because of God’s “Grace and Mercy”.    Listen, they possess no “Spiritual Treasure Chest” therefore nothing to “TAKE TO THE BANK”.

 

Whereas; the wise understand they are still here, because of God’s promises and His love.   Amen.

 

So my friends, whether you are known to be wise or unwise; whether they call you a senior citizen or a seasoned citizen or simply a baby boomer it really makes no difference. 

We are all children of God, and are here because of God’s grace.  He alone allows us to stay in life’s race.  It’s by His grace; not the doctor, the baker or the candle stick maker; it’s by His grace; not the medicine we may take, or the foods we make, it’s by His grace; not because you are a jolly good fellow that nobody can deny; but it’s by God’s grace and mercy we’re still in life’s race.”  Amen.

 

 

One of the most disturbing experiences of being a “seasoned citizen” is seeing younger folks who don’t appreciate or accept the wisdom of seniors. 

 

I don’t have to tell you, but younger folks tend to think “seasoned people” ideas are old fashion and not relevant nor applicable for their daily life. 

Many younger people believe it’s a new day; and they must do things their way. 

 

In other words they are in the driver’s seat now and it’s their turn to drive. 

 

But you and I know that pit falls awaits them; if they don’t make a u-turn and return to sound wisdom and the doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

If any young folks are listen to me today; “we have been there and done that”; in one way or another.  

 

Ecclesiastes 1: 9.  there is no new thing under the sun.  This is one of the greatest (mysteries) lessons anyone can deposit in their “Spiritual Treasure Chest” and “TAKE IT TO THE BANK.”  AMEN. 

 

The bible say in Proverbs 3: 13.  Happy is the man (wo-man) that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding. 14.  For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15.  She is more precious than rubies: and all the things you can desire are not to be compared to her.16.  Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor. 17.  Her ways are of pleasant, and all her paths are peace. 18.  She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retains her.

23.  Then shall you walk in the way safely, and your foot shall not stumble. 24.  When you lie down, you shall not be afraid: yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.  

Is your sleep sweet?  Or are you up at night on your feet?  I have talked lately to many people whose sleep is sour.  Up/down. 

Many of these people thank God for the WUBS playing 24/7.  They can tell you about programs, such as Dr. Sister Wanda at 3am.

 

 So if your sleep is not sweet; please go back over this scriptural prescription.

This is not our camping ground; there is better ground ahead.  You walk with me.

Listen, some of life’s lessons have been ignored and that is very unfortunate, because the consequences of not learning life’s lessons is to repeat it OVER AND OVER until finally it is learned.  Amen. 

How many of you are repeating a lesson you should have learned the first time around, but you ignored it?  Hello.

 

 But every lesson learned can be tucked away in our “Spiritual Treasure Chest” and “Take It to the Bank”.

 

The Jesus tells us about our treasure.

Matt. 6:19.  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

 20.  But lay up for your selves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

 21.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 

For me this carries with it a practical application.    

Listen, I don’t believe Jesus is talking about laying up your money or other assets in heaven; but is talking about relationships such as our children, relatives and friends we have made along life’s journey. 

 

I hope you agree with Jesus today, that our treasure must be kept safe.

 

The bible says, we can put our “Spiritual Treasures” in heaven where rust and moth cannot corrupt or thieves cannot come in and steal.

 

This sounds like something we can work with.  We can make “Spiritual Deposits” in “Heavens Bank” where it will be safe until time of withdrawal.

 

My friends, Jesus would not have told us so, if this was not the case. 

 

How many of you know that our believing loved ones gone home to be with the Jesus are waiting for us to come and make our withdrawal.  “YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK.”

 

 I’m revealing revelation knowledge today to those uncertain about the afterlife.

 

 The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof;  the world, and they that dwell therein.   “YOU TAKE THAT TO THE BANK”

 

Listen my friends, I don’t mean no harm, but there may be some of your family members expecting you to have something in the bank for them whenever you make your transition.  I certainly hope you don’t mind me talking like this today; because seasoned people don’t like talking about their home going. 

 

They don’t want to be reminded that one day we all gonna have to leave here.  One day we must cross over the Jordan of this life to walk the golden shores in glory, and the crystal streets of Beulah land.  That day is coming sooner than we like.  “YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK”

 

People around you may be more interested in your earthly net worth in the than your “Spiritual” self worth.  Anybody still walking with me in here.

 

You can prove this by young folks limited inquiries about the facts of life. 

There aren’t many sitting at your feet discussing how you have managed to survive through the all pain, heartache and strain, through all the storms of this life.  The sacrifices you made are of little interest.

 

They are not concerned about what it took for you to make it up the rough side of the mountain.  Or the times you were knocked down, but got back up.  The times you had to go through the back, but yet you made it to the front. 

 

But we can’t be discouraged.  The bible says the wise and “seasoned people” of God imparted blessings on the younger.   As in the case of Israel and the twelve tribes, Noah and his three sons, Moses and Joshua,  Jacob and his two son Isaac and Esau.

 

My dear “wise and seasoned people of God”, we have a wealth of understanding, knowledge and wisdom; that has come at a very high price, which we will gladly give freely.  But nobody is asking for it.

 

So here is my suggestion today. 

Put it in our “SPIRITUAL TREASURE CHEST” and tell them they can “Take It to the Bank”. 

This is my point; this is our camping ground; not only leave tangible assets, but most importantly “Spiritual Intangibles”, as well. 

Listen, “Spiritual Intangibles” are truths for your “Spiritual Treasure Chest”

 

God will make a way somehow -- Even this too shall pass 

 What goes around come around -- Prayer changes things -- Jesus Is the Answer                

These are timeless powerful “Spiritual Intangibles” learned through the years and I know you can deposit many more truths in your own “Spiritual Treasure Chest”.

 

You may or may not have a large real estate, or expensive personal property or big money, in your earthly treasure chest, but you have truths about a name, that name, His name; that will outweigh and outlast, outclass, anything tangible in this world.  

 

Acts 3:1.  Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.   2.  And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;

 3.  Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

 4.  And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.

 5.  And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

 6.  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

 7.  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8.  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

 9.  And all the people saw him walking and praising God:

 

That name of “Jesus” is above every name; every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that “Jesus is Lord of Lord and King of Kings.”  Shout Glory.      

 

So in your packet today you will find “Spiritual Deposit Slips” to fill out  and give folks needing understanding, knowledge and wisdom about life.   Tell them they are powerful timeless “Spiritual Treasures” to “Take It To The Bank of their heart.”       

 

 Preached by:  Rev. Sylvester Williams, Jr., April 27th, 2008