Who do you belong to? (1 Samuel 30:13)
There is no neutral ground when it comes to spiritual matters: either we belong to the prince of this world or to the Prince of Peace. Either we live and serve under the banner of the Savior or in the clutches of Satan. The question before us today is one of monumental significance, and it must be answered by each one of us: Who do you belong to?
To come up with the answer, all we need to do is check our hearts as it relates to two “T’s” . . . Trust and Treasure.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
In what are you trusting for the forgiveness of your sins and for life eternal? You can either trust in yourself—your good works, your integrity, your merit before God—or you can place your trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ alone.
This choice is brought forth in stark contrast by Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14). The Pharisee was confident in his own righteousness, but the tax collector was confident in God alone. And our Lord made it clear that the tax collector, not the Pharisee, was justified and in a right, saving relationship with God.
Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
First, notice this truth: Jesus makes it crystal clear that we are all “treasure hunters”—we are all seeking some kind of treasure—and where we find our treasure, that is where our hearts will ultimately long to be.
Where is your treasure located? Do you seek the things of this world that rust and decay and that you will one day leave behind? Or does your heart beat for things of the next world that God in Christ is preparing for you to enjoy for eternity? Remember, Jesus is the treasure of all treasures, and you can enjoy Him on both sides of the grave—imperfectly now, but perfectly for eternity.
So I ask you again: Who do you belong to? Who or what has control of your heart? What company do you keep? Whose work are you doing? Does your heart beat for Jesus? Or for something else?
One final question: How would those closest to you answer these questions for you? The elders and the teachers of the law watched the behavior of Peter and John; we read in Acts 4:13 that “Whey they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
Can the same be said of you and me? Who we belong to will be evident to all those who are watching.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!