The Millionaire Who Starved To Death

It would make the headlines if a person had adequate financial reserves but failed to use them and starved. This is an illustration I often use when describing having the Holy Spirit in our lives yet ignoring Him. Why do so many Christians fail to bounce decisions off the Spirit within or ask questions seeking answers? Do we live our lives unaware that God is a part of us?

God gives His Spirit to believers and says His Spirit is there to help them live a better life. He says that the Holy Spirit can give you the fruits of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22 & 23, which are self-control, patience, joy and peace to name a few. Then why don’t we accept God’s promise and allow the Holy Spirit to become a more significant part of our lives? Just think of the improvement in our lives if we continually converse in prayer with the Spirit within us throughout the day. Do we fit the illustration of the millionaire who starved to death by not utilizing the Holy Spirit’s help Who is readily available?

Doug Lee and I have been in a weekly Bible study group that has met every Friday for close to ten years. Last week he was sharing that when he was playing professional basketball he could shoot blindfolded and hit the basket. He stated he was taught to visualize that every time he shot the ball he was confident it was going into the basket. He also believed that every time they played a game they were going to win. If they didn’t win it was only because the game ended too soon. Had they played a little longer and a little harder they would have won. As professionals they just never gave up no matter what the score was because they believed they were unbeatable.

Let’s visualize what heaven is like and how we will be treated as God’s children when we get there. Then assume that as we live on this earth we are laying up treasures in heaven. How deep is our faith and how hard are we preparing? Are we preparing like a professional would? Matthew 6:19 – 21 – “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

We are told we will be judged and rewarded by the deeds or the service we provide others while here on earth. Then accept the fact that the Spirit is here to help us prepare those treasures we are sending on ahead and for the crown we will be given. If our faith is unlimited and we trust in God’s promises we may even be able to make the “Big Leagues”. But if we only practice occasionally chances are when it is time to perform we won’t even make the B-team. Do we even care to be on the “A” team? We have the best Coach in the world with us every second. However, if we are not coachable and live as the world lives the only place we may be able to play is in God’s back yard. When we get to heaven do we want to have been trained and prepared by the finest Coach Who has learned from God the rules of life or will we ignore our Spiritual Coach and just be willing to barely make it? How important is living as the world lives when it comes to eternity?

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