There’s a story in the Bible about a wealthy man. This man’s labor brought him more than he needed or could use at one time. He had so much that he came up with a new plan…..
This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. Luke :18-19 KJV
This man had figured he was on easy street and could then retire. Let me tell you about another person, my mother. She lived her entire life working hard, raising a family and generally living life like most of us, struggling. When she reached her 63rd year, not quite ready to retire and “take thine ease”, she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. She was forced into retirement, spent her final 2 years fighting cancer with chemo, radiation and surgery. She died at 65. Let’s go back to our first story……
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? Luke 12:20 KJV
You see, both of these folks died. One wealthy, the other not so much. So what’s my point? If we continue to read the scripture we shall see the point.
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. Luke 12:21 KJV
Whether you have a lot of money or very little, all of us need to pursue a wealth that is not of this world, we need to be rich toward God. Why? Again let’s appeal to scriptures.
Mt 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
1Ti 6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
You see, being rich toward God brings you eternal life. This is a true wealth. Our money here on earth can be lost or stolen. Even if you manage to keep it all, like the earlier example, it stays behind when you die. There’s a joke about a wealthy man that attempted to take his wealth with him. In his will he left instructions to have all of his wealth be converted to gold and be buried with him. As the joke goes, which is not very accurate to the way things will go, he finds himself walking around heaven with a suitcase full of gold. God asks him, “Why are you lugging around pavement?” Rev 21:21 It’s just a joke, that’s not how things are going to go when we die. All of our possessions will remain behind. All of our work and planning will cease. Ecc 9:10 Besides all of this there is one more thing……
Mt 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
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