Matthew 6:15-34

Matthew 6:15-34

Do you know why I want to go to heaven? Because God is there. The One Who loves me. The One Who created me. The One Who desired me long before I desired Him is there. It's where it says He dwells, so I want to go there, because that's where He is. You know what? If God wasn't in heaven...it wouldn't be heaven.God is looking into your heart. God desires to reward you for your relationship with Him and the motive of your heart and why you have that relationship with Him. It’s all about motive. I know a lot of people who only go to church so they can look religious so that God will be impressed so God will let them into heaven. And so, of course, you have to look at all of the religious things that you’ve got to do so that yo can really impress people and impress God. But Jesus is saying to these people, you don’t need to look religious. It’s not about what you look like on the outside. It’s about who you are on the inside. It’s not about how you pray to impress people… It’s not how you engage people with promises you make. Just say yes or no as He’s told us. And you pray because you love God your Father and He loves you. And if you feel the need to fast for someone, you fast because you feel that need. But understand, that’s between you and God. And then He rewards you. Now, what is that reward you’re going to get? I don’t know! But it’s a reward, and you’ll know it as a reward from God. I mean, the reward may be that He actually answers your prayer and blesses the people that you’re praying for or blesses the circumstance that you’re praying for. That may be the reward. But you know what the greater reward is? Having the relationship with Him in the first place. Standing with Him in eternity. And this is where the motives of men’s hearts are really exposed.

I know a lot of people who go to church so that they can go to heaven. They do good things so that they can go to heaven. They try to impress people so people will be in awe of them, so that maybe God will be in awe of them so that they can go to heaven. But let me tell you something. Good people do not go to heaven. So if you’re trying to get to heaven by being good, you’re trying to get to heaven by going to church, guess what? You’re not going to make it. This is what Jesus is teaching. You don’t go to heaven because of the external things you do. It’s not about going to heaven in the first place. The reward that you get is relationship with God your Father Who created you.

You know who goes to heaven? Bad people go to heaven. Isn’t that a shocker? Bad people go to heaven? Are you crazy? Well, we’re all bad! And, and I hope I’m going to heaven! That is my desire, so if I go to heaven, I know bad people go to heaven. I mean, it’s just sound reasoning to me, and if all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God — all have sinned — I know I read that somewhere — then only bad people go to heaven. And if you think you can be good enough to go to heaven, you’re not going to make it. And if it’s in your mind that you only want to go to heaven so that you don’t have to go to hell, your motive is wrong already. [Do] you know why I want to go to heaven? Because God is there. The One Who loves me. The One Who created me. The One Who desired me long before I desired Him is there. It’s where it says He dwells, so I want to go there — because that’s where He is. You know what? If God wasn’t in heaven, for all of the perfect description we get of it, it wouldn’t be heaven. It would be just another city that would decay and fall apart without God there. So, what’s the motive of your heart? Do you have a relationship with God?…

God desires to have you fully. Fully in love relationship with Him. Fully seeking Him. Fully serving Him. He, then, becomes your reward. He, then, becomes your [heavenly] mansion. He, then, becomes the gold and the precious stones. He is what your eyes desire to see.

Many people have had this experience when they get married. On their wedding day they don’t care about the surrounds, men in particular… But you know what? I’ve talked to many men, and the greatest sight there ever was, was the day they stood there waiting for their bride to come down the aisle, and all their eyes could see was that bride. Nothing else mattered. This is the relationship God wants to have with us. That all we can wait for, all we can desire, our heart is throbbing, waiting, to see Him, and Him see us. There is no greater treasure than to know the love and the fulfillment of love in seeing that one that you’re in love with come to you.

And this is what Jesus is trying to teach us. That our heart attitudes have to change. Our reasoning processes have to change. Being religious does not cut it. If we are religious and trying to make it to heaven that way, we are living hypocrisy. He desires us to be right with Him and have this love relationship with Him…

God loves you, God cares for you, God desires to meet your needs, yet we find ourselves so often striving to meet our own needs, and hope that God accepts it… Jesus wouldn’t tell you not to worry, if in fact you needed to worry. But He’s telling you, do not worry…

It’s about having your needs met, and God knowing. Do you believe that? That God knows what you need? This is what it comes down to. Does God know that you have need? Even before you ask Him, does God know that you have need? We’re not convinced of it… I have these lapses of memory that, wow, God fulfilled that need the last time, and I’ll go out, and I’ll strive all over again and try to make it happen. And I know we all fall into that trap. “Oh ye of little faith,” Jesus says. What is it that you really believe? Do you believe that you are more important to God that the grass of the field and the birds of the air? Do you know you are more important to God than all that He’s created? Because those things are going to burn up.

Pastor Dave Elkins