“If you live inside this massive promise, your life is more solid and stable than Mount Everest. Nothing can blow you over when you are inside the walls of Romans 8:28. Outside of Romans 8:28 all is confusion and anxiety and fear and uncertainty. Outside this promise of all-encompassing passing future grace there are straw houses of drugs and alcohol and numbing TV and dozens of futile diversions. There are slat walls and tin roofs of fragile investment strategies and fleeting insurance coverage and trivial retirement plans. There are cardboard fortifications of deadbolt locks and alarm systems and antiballistic missiles. Outside are a thousand substitutes for Romans 8:28.
Once you walk through the door of love into the massive unshakable structure of Romans 8:28 everything changes. There come into your life stability and depth and freedom. You simply can’t be blown over anymore. The confidence that a sovereign God governs for your good all the pain and all the pleasure that you will ever experience is an incomparable refuge and security and hope and power in your life. [John Piper]”
“Little kingdom living is shaped by two points of focus. First, it is shaped by the pursuit of earth-bound treasures (vv. 19— 24). The concept of treasure is very helpful here. A treasure is a valuable possession of any kind. As human beings we are all treasure hunters. The reason Christ’s teaching here has such a ring of truth to it is because each of us in some way is a person in pursuit of some kind of treasure. Perhaps the thing of highest value to you is the affection of another. Maybe the thing of highest value to you is power and control. Or it may be a certain possession or lifestyle or experience is the treasure that you seek. Maybe it is parenting successful children or marital bliss. Perhaps it is long-term success in ministry. We all work for treasure; the only way we differ is in the kind of treasure that we seek.” -Paul Tripp