It is important that we don't put so much emphasis on the physical aspects
of life, but we should focus more on the spiritual aspect, which is eternal
and will not perish like the material things of this world. The Apostle
Paul instructs us to focus on our spiritual richness and not our physical
temporary situations as we read in 2 Corinthians 4:18 "…We do not look at
the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the
things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are
This is a good story that shows how material greed is foolishness in the
eyes of God and how many people waste their life in pursuit of what God
gives freely those who love Him. I hope this story speaks to your heart
to be more heavenly minded and less earthly focused. (1 Corinthians 2:9)
RICH MAN'S GOLD
There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because
he had worked so hard for his money and he wanted to be able to take it
with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some
of his wealth with him. An angel hears his plea and appears to him and
said, "Sorry, but you can't take your wealth with you." The man implores
the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules.
The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him. The angel
reappears and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take
one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and
fills it with pure gold bars and places it beside his bed.
Soon afterward the man dies and shows up at the Gates of Heaven to greet
St. Peter. St. Peter seeing the suitcase says, "Hold on, you can't bring
that in here!"
But the man explains to St. Peter that he has permission and asks him to
verify his story with the Lord. Sure enough, St. Peter checks and comes
back saying, "You're right. You are allowed one carry-on bag, but I'm
supposed to check its contents before letting it through."
St. Peter opens the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man
found too precious to leave behind and exclaims,
"You brought pavement?"
We sometimes act like the man in this story and put too much emphasis on
the material things of this world and forget about laying up treasures in
Heaven by glorifying the Lord through our good works and love for one
another. Keeping God first and aiming to please Him will always fill your
heart with more Joy then any possession that can be bought with a price.
The best living and most expensive of material things do not even come
close to the great things God has in store for those who love Him and keep
His work #1 in their life, as it is written in 1 Corinthians 2:9 "…Eye
hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him."
We need to remember that in heaven, the streets are paved with pure gold,
so if God uses gold to pave the streets; how much more treasure is there
awaiting you whom He loves and died for. (Revelation 21:21) (John 3:16)
On the reverse end of having too much emphasis on material gain; I want you
to be alert and not allow the enemy to make you feel as if you're not good
enough because you might not be as wealthy as someone else. God has a
treasure awaiting you, so stay strong and unmoved in your faith and watch
the good things God has for you all come true. (Jeremiah 29:11) (James 1:17)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 2:15-17
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the
world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the
will of God abideth for ever."
John 14:1-3 Jesus says
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,
believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not
so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go
and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto
myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus says
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through
and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither
moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor
steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry