Introduction This writing is intended for Christians who: 1 . Are serving their Savior and Lord—in any capacity and via any means.  2 . Understand   (and   know)   the   heart   is   deceitful.      The   heart   is   deceitful   above   all   things   and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?  Jeremiah 17:9 3 . Desire His righteousness and have asked God: To   search   their   heart.   Search   me,   God,   and   know   my   heart;   test   me   and   know   my anxious thoughts. Psalm 139:23 To   guide   them   in   all   aspects   of   their   lives.   See   if   there   is   any   offensive   way   in   me,   and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:24 The   purpose   of   this   writing   is   to   reveal   the   intentions   of   our   heart,   the   reasons   why   we   serve, and those aspects of our daily walk that may be improved, so that: 1 . We may more effectively glorify Him. 2 . Our efforts (works) will endure testing during the Judgment Seat of Christ. So, let’s start with a question… Do   you   want   others   to   love   you,   based   upon   their   free   will,   unconditionally,   and   for   who   you are? Take a few moments to think about your answer.                      Free will means they have made an autonomous decision to love you. Unconditional means their love is not based upon what you do or fail to do. For    who    you    are    means    they    look    past    all    of    your    little    “nuances”    that    can    cause relationship issues and/or conflict.  (None of us are perfect.) The   overwhelming   majority   of   persons   will   answer   with   a   resounding   YES!      Well,   our   desire to   be   loved   unconditionally   and   for   who   we   are   was   placed   there   by   our   Creator—as   part   of our   design.      God   created   man   in   His   own   image   (Genesis   1:27).      The   desire   to   be   loved   by free   will,   unconditionally   and   for   who   He   is…is   also   within   the   heart   of   God.      This   is   why   He extends His grace and love (through His Son) so that we would respond with love to Him. God   loves   us.      It   is   His   choice…for   God   is   love   (1   John   4:8).       Because   of   Jesus,   His   love   is unconditional (regardless of our sin—past, present and future). “Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  In this the love of God was manifested toward   us,   that   God   has   sent   His   only   begotten   Son   into   the   world,   that   we   might   live through   Him.      In   this   is   love,   not   that   we   loved   God,   but   that   He   loved   us   and   sent   His   Son   to be the propitiation for our sins.”  1 John 3:7-10 In other words, “We love Him because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:19 When    we    look    deeper    into    our    design—which    transcends    the    animal    kingdom—our attributes facilitate our ability to love God.  For example, we: Communicate   in   various   ways .      We   can   speak   verbally,   non-verbally,   via   sign   language, via technology, in more than one language, and by prayer. Analyze   things   based   upon   different   viewpoints.       We   are   able   to   look   at   things   from multiple angles—including identification of weighted benefits and costs. Recognize   right   from   wrong.      Interesting   point…reflect   upon   your   “right   from   wrong   list” before and after you knew Jesus Christ. Make free-will decisions.   We are self-directed individuals who make choices in life. Experience wide range of emotions —from anger to love, and everything in-between. Respond   with   gratitude.       Let’s   say   someone   recognizes   you   have   a   need,   and   fills   your need   without   a   request   by   you   and   without   any   expectation   of   reimbursement.      Do   you not have a desire to say thank you, and hope to return the favor some day?  Reflect   with   remorse   /   guilt.      When   looking   in   the   past,   we   sometimes   experience   regret or guilt for what we failed to do, or did do.   Able   to   forgive.       Forgiveness   is   more   powerful   than   we   realize.      It   has   the   ability   to   break the   chains   that   bind   us   to   sin,   and   can   open   our   heart   to   experience   God’s   love   when   we forgive others (and ourselves). Express    faith.         We    have    an    ability    to    rely    upon    those    whom    we    trust.        But    more important,   placing   our   complete   trust   in   God   is   foundational   in   pleasing   Him—for   He desires   our   trust.      But   without   faith   it   is   impossible   to   please   Him,   for   he   who   comes   to God   must   believe   that   He   is,   and   that   He   is   a   rewarder   of   those   who   diligently   seek   Him.     Hebrews 11:6 Self-awareness and self-analysis: o Self-awareness   is   the   conscious   knowledge   of   our   character,   feelings,   motives,   and desires. o Self-analysis   is   an   effort   to   understand   our   motives   and   the   reasons   why   we   do   what we do. Learning Exercise:  Review each of our design attributes above and determine the: 1 . Direct / indirect influence on our ability to love God. 2 . Detrimental impact on our ability to love God if we were not designed with the attribute. Now   consider   the   fact   that   each   of   us   are   uniquely   designed.      Not   one   person   who   has   ever lived   or   will   ever   live—throughout   all   of   time   (past,   present   and   future)—is   like   you.      You   are unique   and   one-of-a-kind…by   design…God’s   design.      Our   uniqueness   includes   our   physical characteristics, our personalities and our talents. Talents Talent   is   defined   as   an   aptitude   or   skill.      All   Christians   have   one   or   more   talents—each   can be   used   to   glorify   Jesus   Christ.      A   talent   may   be   comprised   of   praying,   preaching,   cooking, serving   others,   teaching,   cleaning,   singing,   writing,   playing   an   instrument,   listening,   helping, and so forth. Within    the    spiritual    realm,    any    activity    performed    for    someone    else—with    the    intent    of glorifying   Jesus   Christ—has   far   more   weight   in   God’s   eyes   than   one   who   seeks   adulation from   the   masses   upon   the   conclusion   of   a   music   concert,   stands   in   their   own   glory   after winning   a   sporting   event,   or   is   motivated   by   self   under   the   premise   of   being   divinely   inspired by God.  Consider   how   Jesus   recognized   the   woman   who   gave   only   two   mites   (about   a   penny)   as contributing    far    more    than    those    who    contributed    much.    (Mark    12:41-44)    This    truth    is relevant for our tithes and offerings…and applicable to what we do with our talents. It’s not about how much we give. It’s not about what we give. It’s all about the desires and intent of our heart as we give. For nothing we do for ourselves will remain… only what we do for Him. The   origin   of   the   word   “talent”   is   from   the   Parable   of   the Talents   spoken   by   Jesus.      In   biblical times,   a   talent   was   a   weighted   amount   of   gold   or   silver   (a   value   of   money).      It   is   estimated one biblical talent would be worth around $1.4 million dollars today. Jesus   said…   “For   the   kingdom   of   heaven   is   like   a   man   traveling   to   a   far   country,   who   called his   own   servants   and   delivered   his   goods   to   them.      And   to   one   he   gave   five   talents,   to another   two,   and   to   another   one,   to   each   according   to   his   own   ability;   and   immediately   he went   on   a   journey.      Then   he   who   had   received   the   five   talents   went   and   traded   with   them, and   made   another   five   talents.      And   likewise,   he   who   had   received   two   gained   two   more also.      But   he   who   had   received   one   went   and   dug   in   the   ground,   and   hid   his   lord’s   money.     After a long time, the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So,   he   who   had   received   five   talents   came   and   brought   five   other   talents,   saying,   ‘Lord,   you delivered   to   me   five   talents;   look,   I   have   gained   five   more   talents   besides   them.’      His   lord said   to   him,   ‘Well   done,   good   and   faithful   servant;   you   were   faithful   over   a   few   things,   I   will make   you   ruler   over   many   things.      Enter   into   the   joy   of   your   lord.’      He   also   who   had   received two   talents   came   and   said,   ‘Lord,   you   delivered   to   me   two   talents;   look,   I   have   gained   two more   talents   besides   them.’      His   lord   said   to   him,   ‘Well   done,   good   and   faithful   servant;   you have   been   faithful   over   a   few   things,   I   will   make   you   ruler   over   many   things.   Enter   into   the joy of your lord.’ Note   the   reward   for   the   increase   of   five   and   two   talents   received   the   same   response   and reward—which   was   based   upon   seeking   an   increase.      However,   the   servant   who   received one   talent   hid   the   talent   due   to   fear.      As   such,   he   did   not   receive   recognition   and   a reward—but lost what was given him. Then   he   who   had   received   the   one   talent   came   and   said,   ‘Lord,   I   knew   you   to   be   a   hard man,   reaping   where   you   have   not   sown,   and   gathering   where   you   have   not   scattered   seed.     And   I   was   afraid,   and   went   and   hid   your   talent   in   the   ground.   Look,   there   you   have   what   is yours.’      “But   his   lord   answered   and   said   to   him,   ‘You   wicked   and   lazy   servant,   you   knew   that I   reap   where   I   have   not   sown,   and   gather   where   I   have   not   scattered   seed.      So,   you   ought   to have   deposited   my   money   with   the   bankers,   and   at   my   coming   I   would   have   received   back my   own   with   interest.      So,   take   the   talent   from   him,   and   give   it   to   him   who   has   ten   talents.”     Matthew 25:14-30 We   are   blessed   when   we   use   one   of   our   talents   to   glorify   our   Savior.      It   is   an   indescribable experience    when    we    witness    the    Holy    Spirit    using    us    to    touch    the    heart    and    soul    of someone.      But   what’s   more   important   to   understand,   we   will   be   judged   as   to   the   intent   of   our hearts   in   using   our   God-given   gifts.      Our   motives—which   can   range   from   glorifying   self   to glorifying Jesus—will be tested by fire. For   we   must   all   appear   before   the   judgment   seat   of   Christ,   that   each   one   may   receive   the things    done    in    the    body,    according    to    what    he    has    done,    whether    good    or    bad.        2 Corinthians 5:10 For   no   other   foundation   can   anyone   lay   than   that   which   is   laid,   which   is   Jesus   Christ.      Now   if anyone   builds   on   this   foundation   with   gold,   silver,   precious   stones,   wood,   hay,   straw,   each one’s   work   will   become   clear;   for   the   Day   will   declare   it,   because   it   will   be   revealed   by   fire; and   the   fire   will   test   each   one’s   work,   of   what   sort   it   is.      If   anyone’s   work   which   he   has   built on   it   endures,   he   will   receive   a   reward.      If   anyone’s   work   is   burned,   he   will   suffer   loss;   but   he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.  1 Corinthians 3:11-15 The   Judgment   Seat   of   Christ   is   not   for   entrance   into   Heaven.      Our   “ticket”   for   entrance   into Heaven was paid for by Jesus.  However, we will be judged for our works: That which is done for self will not endure. That which is done for Jesus will be rewarded Stated   earlier,   self-awareness   and   self-analysis   is   one   of   our   design   attributes.     As   such,   it   is important   for   each   of   us   to   Examine   yourselves   as   to   whether   you   are   in   the   faith.   Test yourselves.  2 Corinthians 13:5 The   comparative   table   below   will   assist   in   identifying   motives   of   your   heart   as   you   exercise your   talents.      Please   note   that   it   is   not   intended   to   be   a   “hammer,”   or   a   list   of   thou   shall   and shall   nots.      In   addition,   it   is   not   intended   to   judge   someone   else—for   no   one   has   the   right   to judge   another   (only   God).      It   is   intended   for   you.      It   is   intended   to   assist   in   your   continued growth in righteousness, as you become less like yourself and more like Jesus. The   left   side   is   comprised   of   motives   and   thoughts   that   are   based   upon   self   (wood,   hay   and straw).      The   right   side   are   motives   and   thoughts   that   are   based   upon   Jesus   Christ   (gold, silver and precious stones). But   we   all,   with   unveiled   face,   beholding   as   in   a   mirror   the   glory   of   the   Lord,   are   being transformed   into   the   same   image   from   glory   to   glory,   just   as   by   the   Spirit   of   the   Lord.      2 Corinthians 3:18 Do   not   lay   up   for   yourselves   treasures   on   earth,   where   moth   and   rust   destroy   and   where thieves   break   in   and   steal;   but   lay   up   for   yourselves   treasures   in   heaven,   where   neither moth   nor   rust   destroys   and   where   thieves   do   not   break   in   and   steal.      For   where   your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21 Treasures in Heaven There   are   various   perceptions   of   what   Heaven   will   be   like—including   what   the   treasures may be.  The picture below lists aspects of Heaven we will most likely experience.  Starting   at   the   top   and   working   clockwise,   we   will   be   in   His   presence.      Imagine   for   a   moment the   experience   of   feeling   His   radiated   holiness   and   perfect   love   as   it   passes   through   your spiritual   body.      We   will   be   reunited   with   family   and   friends.      We   will   worship   together   in   a manner   unlike   any   worship   we   have   experienced   on   earth.      We   will   receive   recognition   and crowns   for   that   which   was   done   for   His   glory.      We   will   receive   answers   to   questions   that   we have    held    in    our    mind    under    the    folder    called    “Trust    God,    He    will    explain.”        We    will experience   a   degree   of   peace,   joy   and   agape   love   that   transcends   anything   we   have   ever known.      Plus,   we   will   get   to   know   and   see   the   souls   who   were   saved   as   a   result   of   our   Holy Spirit directed seed planting, watering, and/or harvesting. It    is    also    important    to    realize    that    this    list    is    based    upon    human    understanding    and reasoning.      For   there   will   be   much   more!      Eye   has   not   seen,   nor   ear   heard,   nor   have entered   into   the   heart   of   man   the   things   which   God   has   prepared   for   those   who   love   Him.”      1 Corinthians 2:9 Given all that God has done for us… and all that He has in store for us… it is important to remember… nothing we do for ourselves will remain… only what we do for Him! Click   here   to   listen   to   a   wonderful   music   video   by   Keith   Green   called   “When   I   Hear   the Praises   Start.”      I   personally   consider   this   to   be   the   best   song   ever   written…because   it   is   a love song from Jesus to us. May   you   continually   find   peace,   and   joy,   and   blessings   as   you   grow   in   His   grace   and   His love. Harold D. Thomas
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Introduction This writing is intended for Christians who: 1 . Are   serving   their   Savior   and   Lord—in   any   capacity and via any means.  2 . Understand   (and   know)   the   heart   is   deceitful.      The heart   is   deceitful   above   all   things   and   beyond   cure.     Who can understand it?  Jeremiah 17:9 3 . Desire His righteousness and have asked God: To   search   their   heart.   Search   me,   God,   and   know my   heart;   test   me   and   know   my   anxious   thoughts. Psalm 139:23 To   guide   them   in   all   aspects   of   their   lives.   See   if there   is   any   offensive   way   in   me,   and   lead   me   in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:24 The   purpose   of   this   writing   is   to   reveal   the   intentions   of our   heart,   the   reasons   why   we   serve,   and   those   aspects of our daily walk that may be improved, so that: 1 . We may more effectively glorify Him. 2 . Our    efforts    (works)    will    endure    testing    during    the Judgment Seat of Christ. So, let’s start with a question… Do   you   want   others   to   love   you,   based   upon   their   free will, unconditionally, and for who you are? Take a few moments to think about your answer.                      Free    will    means    they    have    made    an    autonomous decision to love you. Unconditional    means    their    love    is    not    based    upon what you do or fail to do. For   who   you   are   means   they   look   past   all   of   your   little “nuances”   that   can   cause   relationship   issues   and/or conflict.  (None of us are perfect.) The   overwhelming   majority   of   persons   will   answer   with   a resounding     YES!          Well,     our     desire     to     be     loved unconditionally   and   for   who   we   are   was   placed   there   by our   Creator—as   part   of   our   design.      God   created   man   in His   own   image   (Genesis   1:27).     The   desire   to   be   loved   by free   will,   unconditionally   and   for   who   He   is…is   also   within the   heart   of   God.      This   is   why   He   extends   His   grace   and love   (through   His   Son)   so   that   we   would   respond   with love to Him. God   loves   us.      It   is   His   choice…for   God   is   love   (1   John 4:8).        Because    of    Jesus,    His    love    is    unconditional (regardless of our sin—past, present and future). “Everyone   who   loves   is   born   of   God   and   knows   God.      In this   the   love   of   God   was   manifested   toward   us,   that   God has   sent   His   only   begotten   Son   into   the   world,   that   we might   live   through   Him.      In   this   is   love,   not   that   we   loved God,   but   that   He   loved   us   and   sent   His   Son   to   be   the propitiation for our sins.”  1 John 3:7-10 In   other   words,   “We   love   Him   because   He   first   loved   us.”     1 John 4:19 When   we   look   deeper   into   our   design—which   transcends the   animal   kingdom—our   attributes   facilitate   our   ability   to love God.  For example, we: Communicate    in    various    ways .        We    can    speak verbally,      non-verbally,      via      sign      language,      via technology, in more than one language, and by prayer. Analyze    things    based    upon    different    viewpoints.       We     are     able     to     look     at     things     from     multiple angles—including    identification    of    weighted    benefits and costs. Recognize       right       from       wrong.              Interesting point…reflect   upon   your   “right   from   wrong   list”   before and after you knew Jesus Christ. Make    free-will    decisions.         We    are    self-directed individuals who make choices in life. Experience   wide   range   of   emotions —from   anger   to love, and everything in-between. Respond     with     gratitude.           Let’s     say     someone recognizes    you    have    a    need,    and    fills    your    need without   a   request   by   you   and   without   any   expectation of   reimbursement.      Do   you   not   have   a   desire   to   say thank you, and hope to return the favor some day?  Reflect   with   remorse   /   guilt.      When   looking   in   the past,   we   sometimes   experience   regret   or   guilt   for   what we failed to do, or did do.   Able   to   forgive.       Forgiveness   is   more   powerful   than we   realize.      It   has   the   ability   to   break   the   chains   that bind   us   to   sin,   and   can   open   our   heart   to   experience God’s love when we forgive others (and ourselves). Express   faith.       We   have   an   ability   to   rely   upon   those whom    we    trust.        But    more    important,    placing    our complete    trust    in    God    is    foundational    in    pleasing Him—for   He   desires   our   trust.      But   without   faith   it   is impossible   to   please   Him,   for   he   who   comes   to   God must   believe   that   He   is,   and   that   He   is   a   rewarder   of those who diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6 Self-awareness and self-analysis: o Self-awareness   is   the   conscious   knowledge   of   our character, feelings, motives, and desires. o Self-analysis   is   an   effort   to   understand   our   motives and the reasons why we do what we do. Learning   Exercise:    Review   each   of   our   design   attributes above and determine the: 1 . Direct / indirect influence on our ability to love God. 2 . Detrimental   impact   on   our   ability   to   love   God   if   we were not designed with the attribute. Now    consider    the    fact    that    each    of    us    are    uniquely designed.      Not   one   person   who   has   ever   lived   or   will   ever live—throughout   all   of   time   (past,   present   and   future)—is like     you.          You     are     unique     and     one-of-a-kind…by design…God’s    design.        Our    uniqueness    includes    our physical characteristics, our personalities and our talents. Talents Talent   is   defined   as   an   aptitude   or   skill.      All   Christians have   one   or   more   talents—each   can   be   used   to   glorify Jesus   Christ.      A   talent   may   be   comprised   of   praying, preaching,   cooking,   serving   others,   teaching,   cleaning, singing,   writing,   playing   an   instrument,   listening,   helping, and so forth. Within    the    spiritual    realm,    any    activity    performed    for someone     else—with     the     intent     of     glorifying     Jesus Christ—has   far   more   weight   in   God’s   eyes   than   one   who seeks   adulation   from   the   masses   upon   the   conclusion   of a   music   concert,   stands   in   their   own   glory   after   winning   a sporting   event,   or   is   motivated   by   self   under   the   premise of being divinely inspired by God.  Consider   how   Jesus   recognized   the   woman   who   gave only   two   mites   (about   a   penny)   as   contributing   far   more than   those   who   contributed   much.   (Mark   12:41-44)   This truth     is     relevant     for     our     tithes     and     offerings…and applicable to what we do with our talents. It’s not about how much we give. It’s not about what we give. It’s all about the desires and intent of our heart as we give. For nothing we do for ourselves will remain… only what we do for Him. The   origin   of   the   word   “talent”   is   from   the   Parable   of   the Talents   spoken   by   Jesus.      In   biblical   times,   a   talent   was   a weighted   amount   of   gold   or   silver   (a   value   of   money).      It is   estimated   one   biblical   talent   would   be   worth   around $1.4 million dollars today. Jesus   said…   “For   the   kingdom   of   heaven   is   like   a   man traveling   to   a   far   country,   who   called   his   own   servants and   delivered   his   goods   to   them.     And   to   one   he   gave   five talents,    to    another    two,    and    to    another    one,    to    each according   to   his   own   ability;   and   immediately   he   went   on a   journey.      Then   he   who   had   received   the   five   talents went    and    traded    with    them,    and    made    another    five talents.      And   likewise,   he   who   had   received   two   gained two   more   also.      But   he   who   had   received   one   went   and dug   in   the   ground,   and   hid   his   lord’s   money.     After   a   long time,    the    lord    of    those    servants    came    and    settled accounts with them. So,   he   who   had   received   five   talents   came   and   brought five   other   talents,   saying,   ‘Lord,   you   delivered   to   me   five talents;    look,    I    have    gained    five    more    talents    besides them.’      His   lord   said   to   him,   ‘Well   done,   good   and   faithful servant;   you   were   faithful   over   a   few   things,   I   will   make you   ruler   over   many   things.      Enter   into   the   joy   of   your lord.’      He   also   who   had   received   two   talents   came   and said,   ‘Lord,   you   delivered   to   me   two   talents;   look,   I   have gained   two   more   talents   besides   them.’      His   lord   said   to him,   ‘Well   done,   good   and   faithful   servant;   you   have   been faithful   over   a   few   things,   I   will   make   you   ruler   over   many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Note   the   reward   for   the   increase   of   five   and   two   talents received    the    same    response    and    reward—which    was based   upon   seeking   an   increase.      However,   the   servant who   received   one   talent   hid   the   talent   due   to   fear.      As such,   he   did   not   receive   recognition   and   a   reward—but lost what was given him. Then   he   who   had   received   the   one   talent   came   and   said, ‘Lord,   I   knew   you   to   be   a   hard   man,   reaping   where   you have    not    sown,    and    gathering    where    you    have    not scattered   seed.     And   I   was   afraid,   and   went   and   hid   your talent   in   the   ground.   Look,   there   you   have   what   is   yours.’     “But   his   lord   answered   and   said   to   him,   ‘You   wicked   and lazy   servant,   you   knew   that   I   reap   where   I   have   not   sown, and   gather   where   I   have   not   scattered   seed.      So,   you ought   to   have   deposited   my   money   with   the   bankers,   and at   my   coming   I   would   have   received   back   my   own   with interest.      So,   take   the   talent   from   him,   and   give   it   to   him who has ten talents.”  Matthew 25:14-30 We   are   blessed   when   we   use   one   of   our   talents   to   glorify our   Savior.      It   is   an   indescribable   experience   when   we witness   the   Holy   Spirit   using   us   to   touch   the   heart   and soul     of     someone.          But     what’s     more     important     to understand,   we   will   be   judged   as   to   the   intent   of   our hearts   in   using   our   God-given   gifts.      Our   motives—which can   range   from   glorifying   self   to   glorifying   Jesus—will   be tested by fire. For    we    must    all    appear    before    the    judgment    seat    of Christ,   that   each   one   may   receive   the   things   done   in   the body,   according   to   what   he   has   done,   whether   good   or bad.  2 Corinthians 5:10 For   no   other   foundation   can   anyone   lay   than   that   which   is laid,   which   is   Jesus   Christ.      Now   if   anyone   builds   on   this foundation   with   gold,   silver,   precious   stones,   wood,   hay, straw,   each   one’s   work   will   become   clear;   for   the   Day   will declare   it,   because   it   will   be   revealed   by   fire;   and   the   fire will   test   each   one’s   work,   of   what   sort   it   is.      If   anyone’s work   which   he   has   built   on   it   endures,   he   will   receive   a reward.      If   anyone’s   work   is   burned,   he   will   suffer   loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.  1 Corinthians 3:11-15 The    Judgment    Seat    of    Christ    is    not    for    entrance    into Heaven.      Our   “ticket”   for   entrance   into   Heaven   was   paid for by Jesus.  However, we will be judged for our works: That which is done for self will not endure. That which is done for Jesus will be rewarded Stated   earlier,   self-awareness   and   self-analysis   is   one   of our   design   attributes.     As   such,   it   is   important   for   each   of us   to   Examine   yourselves   as   to   whether   you   are   in   the faith. Test yourselves.  2 Corinthians 13:5 The    comparative    table    below    will    assist    in    identifying motives    of    your    heart    as    you    exercise    your    talents.    Please   note   that   it   is   not   intended   to   be   a   “hammer,”   or   a list   of   thou   shall   and   shall   nots.      In   addition,   it   is   not intended   to   judge   someone   else—for   no   one   has   the   right to   judge   another   (only   God).      It   is   intended   for   you.      It   is intended     to     assist     in     your     continued     growth     in righteousness,    as    you    become    less    like    yourself    and more like Jesus. The   left   side   is   comprised   of   motives   and   thoughts   that are   based   upon   self   (wood,   hay   and   straw).      The   right side   are   motives   and   thoughts   that   are   based   upon   Jesus Christ (gold, silver and precious stones). But   we   all,   with   unveiled   face,   beholding   as   in   a   mirror the    glory    of    the    Lord,    are    being    transformed    into    the same   image   from   glory   to   glory,   just   as   by   the   Spirit   of   the Lord.  2 Corinthians 3:18 Do   not   lay   up   for   yourselves   treasures   on   earth,   where moth   and   rust   destroy   and   where   thieves   break   in   and steal;    but    lay    up    for    yourselves    treasures    in    heaven, where   neither   moth   nor   rust   destroys   and   where   thieves do   not   break   in   and   steal.      For   where   your   treasure   is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21 Treasures in Heaven There   are   various   perceptions   of   what   Heaven   will   be like—including   what   the   treasures   may   be.      The   picture below    lists    aspects    of    Heaven    we    will    most    likely experience.   Starting   at   the   top   and   working   clockwise,   we   will   be   in His   presence.      Imagine   for   a   moment   the   experience   of feeling   His   radiated   holiness   and   perfect   love   as   it   passes through   your   spiritual   body.      We   will   be   reunited   with family   and   friends.      We   will   worship   together   in   a   manner unlike   any   worship   we   have   experienced   on   earth.      We will   receive   recognition   and   crowns   for   that   which   was done   for   His   glory.      We   will   receive   answers   to   questions that   we   have   held   in   our   mind   under   the   folder   called “Trust   God,   He   will   explain.”      We   will   experience   a   degree of   peace,   joy   and   agape   love   that   transcends   anything we   have   ever   known.      Plus,   we   will   get   to   know   and   see the   souls   who   were   saved   as   a   result   of   our   Holy   Spirit directed seed planting, watering, and/or harvesting. It   is   also   important   to   realize   that   this   list   is   based   upon human   understanding   and   reasoning.      For   there   will   be much   more!      Eye   has   not   seen,   nor   ear   heard,   nor   have entered   into   the   heart   of   man   the   things   which   God   has prepared for those who love Him.”  1 Corinthians 2:9 Given all that God has done for us… and all that He has in store for us… it is important to remember… nothing we do for ourselves will remain… only what we do for Him! Click   here   to   listen   to   a   wonderful   music   video   by   Keith Green    called    “When    I    Hear    the    Praises    Start.”        I personally    consider    this    to    be    the    best    song    ever written…because it is a love song from Jesus to us. May   you   continually   find   peace,   and   joy,   and   blessings   as you grow in His grace and His love. Harold D. Thomas
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