What Do You See?

Texas.RanchSince I’m in Texas this week here’s a story about the famed Dallas preacher Dr. George W. Truett, who ministered in the same church for 47 years.

Once he was the dinner guest of a wealthy West Texas rancher.  Following the meal, the rancher took Truett up on the veranda of his massive ranch house.  As the sun set, the man pointed south toward some oil rigs and said, “”I own everything in that direction as far as you can see.”

He lit up a big cigar, pointed east toward some cotton fields and said, “And I own everything in that direction, too.” Then he turned north and pointed toward a huge herd of cattle and boasted, “Preacher, I own everything as far as you can see .”  Finally he turned to the west and bragged “And I own everything you can see in that direction, except the sun, of course.”

Dr. Truett turned to the wealthy rancher, pointed straight up the sky and asked, “And how much do you own in that direction?”

What a solemn, sobering question.

Regardless of our economic status, we are all surrounded by material “stuff.”  The things of this life increase our comfort, add to our enjoyment and provide a rich, self-satisfying lifestyle.  Yet, if we are not careful they divert our attention from spiritual things.

Paul admonished, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Col 3:2).   Jesus warned, “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.”

So, how do we elevate our thoughts to focus beyond the things of this life?  Consider this.  God’s primary focus is on the spiritual. The Bible speaks of….

Spiritual things. 1 Cor. 2:13

Spiritual people. 1 Cor 3:1

Spiritual seed. 1 Cor. 9:11

Spiritual sustenance. 1 Cor. 10: 3

Spiritual gifts. Rom 1:11

Spiritual blessings. Eph. 1:4

Spiritual songs. Eph. 5:10

Spiritual body. 1 Cor 15:44

Spiritual warfare. Eph. 6:12

Spiritual understanding. Col. 1:9

Spiritual House. Pet. 2:9

Spiritual sacrifice. 1 Pet. 2:5

Spiritual Rock. 1 Cor 10:4

If we are to be God’s spiritual people, we must allow the spiritual seed to germinate in our hearts, think on spiritual things, and be nourished by the spiritual food and drink He offers, which will enhance our spiritual understanding. As we join with others in God’s spiritual House, offering spiritual sacrifices, praising God with spiritual songs and seeking to employ our spiritual gifts in service to Him, we will enjoy the spiritual blessings that are in Christ.

When Satan seeks to assault our souls we must engage in spiritual warfare against the forces evil. In all that we do we rely on our spiritual Rock, Jesus Christ, looking one day to receive that spiritual body that will not decay, be corrupted or suffer death.

By looking beyond this world’s riches, and looking above to spiritual treasures, we can find the motivation to redirect our energies, efforts and priorities to emphasize the things of God—spiritual things that will endure the passing of time.

Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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2 responses to “What Do You See?

  1. Aleta

    I’m up here in the Show Me State and y’all are down there in MINE! Excellent thoughts this morning.

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