Sep 18, 2022
Japan was able to RISE from the RUINS of World War II because of several factors, one of which was SAVING UP what was called the “DISPOSABLE INCOME.”
Now what is a disposable income? A disposable income is the money that you have left after computing all the NECESSARY EXPENSES. It’s the money you can either SAVE or SPEND. The Japanese CHOSE to save up for the sake of the FUTURE.
Many people today are NOT SAVING UP for the FUTURE, particularly the AFTER LIFE or ETERNITY. We live our lives today for today, not thinking about the FUTURE.
TEXT: Matthew 10:40-42
Our FUTURE DESTINY and REWARD is connected to certain CONNECTIONS and this would be our TWO-FOLD study today:
I. Connection to God for Positive Treatment – v. 40
II.Connection to reward for Positive Treatment – vv. 41 – 42
I remember reading a story – let me tell it to you in the 1st person, although the experience was not mine. I saw in a dream that I was in the celestial city, though when I traveled there I could not tell. I
was one of a great multitude which no man could number, from all countries and people, from all times and ages. Somehow I found that the saint who stood next to me had been in heaven almost 1900 years. “Who are you” I said to him.
“I,” said he, “was a Roman Christian. I lived in the days of the apostle Paul. I was one of those who died in Nero’s persecution. I was covered with pitch, and fastened to a stake, and set on fire to
light up Nero’s gardens.” “How awful!” I exclaimed. “No, no!” he said, “I was glad to do something for the Lord Jesus. He died on the cross for me.”
The man on the other side then spoke, “I have been in heaven only a few hundred years. I came from an island in the South Seas. John Williams the missionary came and told me about the Lord Jesus, and
I learned to love Him. My fellow countrymen killed the missionary, and they caught and bound me. I was beaten until I fainted, and they thought I was dead, but I revived. The next day they killed me,
and cooked me, and ate me! “How terrible!” I said. “No, no!” he answered, “I was glad to die as a Christian. You see, the missionaries told me that the Lord Jesus was scourged and crowned with thorns for me.”
Then they both turned to me and said, “What did you suffer for Him? Or did you sell what had and give it so that men like John Williams could tell the heathen about the Lord Jesus?”
And I was speechless. And while they were both looking at me with sorrowful eyes, I awoke and it was a dream. But I lay on my soft bed awake for hours, thinking of the money I had wasted on my pleasure, my extra clothing and the many luxuries. And I realized that I did not know what the words of the Lord Jesus meant: “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.”