Do You Possess the Treasure or do You Possess the Overthrow?

by Mike Ratliff

32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. (Luke 17:32,33 ESV)

My pastor returned from T4G today. He had a gleam in his eye. He had a determined look about him. I overheard him talk to others about it before I had a chance to ask him anything. He told us that the focus on the gospel was truly inspiring. In between our worship time and his preaching time, I asked him if he had heard John MacArthur’s sermon. That gleam in his eye got brighter. The grip in his hand became firmer. He has been preaching through Genesis for over a year and we are just now in chapter 19, which is the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah. I thought he did a fantastic job today showing us the parallels of God’s grace in remembering Abraham and thereby saving Lot from destruction and remembering Christ when at the final judgment and thereby saving all those for whom He is their propitiation. In light of this I would like to borrow some things from his sermon to reflect into the darkness of our time, to shed some light on the why so much of what seems so right and innovative in today’s Church is nothing more than possessing heaps of overthrow while those who refuse to compromise in worship, preaching, witnessing, and making disciples are the ones who truly possess the treasure of the Kingdom of God.  Continue reading