Wealth can’t follow people to eternity

Sam had done well in life. He had invested well, and made some great business decisions along the way. Sam had become financially wealthy. As a result, Sam began to live for himself and all the fun he could pursue. He built things that brought him even more profit. In the world’s eyes Sam had it made. Wine, women and song were common themes in his life. He could afford virtually anything one could imagine, and pursue any pleasure one could perceive. He lived for himself and all the pleasures his money would bring.

Sam had just become 52 when he had a fatal heart attack. Just like that Sam was dead. His bank accounts were substantial. His investments were doing exceptionally well. He had accumulated great wealth. After his casket was taken from the funeral home, it was loaded into the hearse. A string of cars followed it to the cemetery.

Interestingly, there was one item conspicuously absent. There was no rental trailer behind his hearse to take his great wealth with him. All Sam’s great wealth was left behind. He had lived for himself and now he was dead.

How does 52 years compare to eternity? It’s like a grain of sand from all the beaches in the world. It’s nothing. To live for this world and not the next is foolery.

To live for this world and not develop a relationship with Jesus Christ is foolery. Nothing this world has to offer is worth that trade.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23)

Michael H. Imhof
Aurora, IL

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