Memorize: 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; Acts 3:6;
Devotional Reading: Acts 3:1-24
From my experience of life and having carefully studied how great and mighty men rise and fall, I discovered that those things which most people pursue, are actually vain glory. Some of the things people celebrate as glory are: silver, gold, important positions, huge sums of money, ownership of large corporations, political and international influence and many more. If someone possesses any of the above, it will be said that the person is successful and carrying great glory.
Peter and John were going to the temple to pray at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. They met a certain man, that was lame from his mother’s womb. They had none of the worldly glories that could make them look important in the sight of man, but they carry something that can buy the entire world. Peter used it and restored the health glory of that lame man.
The glory that people celebrate and place high importance on today, is the material glory and worldly treasures that will fade away. Apostle Peter, in his book, encouraged us to pursue the glory that is incorruptible and that will not fade away. 1 Peter 1:4; To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. Our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ also advised us in Matthew 6:33 the type of glory we should pursue – His kingdom.
Any other glory that we seek outside the kingdom of God is vain glory. Prophet Ezekiel told us what will become of those things they glory in. “They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed; their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD; they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumbling block of their iniquity” Ezekiel 7:19.
They mattered so little that they would cast their silver into the streets. Even their gold would become abhorrent, instead of being treasured, their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them. How easy it can be for any of us to have the same expectations. To depend on fame, connections and resources. Our skills and abilities. The things of this world.
However, the only thing that really matters is to seek the kingdom of God and maintain our good relationship with God. We can store up enough earthly treasures. Here, moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. Instead, we are to store up treasures in Heaven, to invest in God’s Kingdom. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Instead of depending on the things of this world, we are to seek first His kingdom, confident that other things will be added to you Matthew 6:19-33.
May the Lord help you not to pursue vain glory in Jesus name.
Prayer point: Jesus, my Lord and my king, help me pursue things that matter most in your kingdom.
Key Dose: Seek heavenly treasures, it is the only GLORY that will last forever.
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)