Life is not in what you can gain but what you can give away. What are you giving away that will live beyond you? More importantly who are you giving away? Are you willing to give Jesus to a world filled with rich paupers who are in desperate need of salvation and don’t even know it? Rich in the things of this world, but poor in a hope for Heaven. What are you leaving behind you? Charles Spurgeon once said, “A good Character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” As believers the only thing that is truly ours forever is Jesus. Jesus is the greatest treasure that heaven has, or will ever give us. Who will you share your treasure with? Who will you enjoy the treasure of your Faith in Jesus Christ with forever. Your wife? Perhaps your child? Your parents, or perhaps a friend? If you keep anything it will be Jesus who has freely given himself to you, his child and it is really he who keeps you. In Romans 8:37-39 the Apostle Paul tells us, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, no principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creation shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.” What assurance. theologian R.C. Sproul encouraged us to remember that, “We must never lose sight of the fact that we are bound to Jesus by mighty mystical cords that cannot be broken.” Heaven is ours, because we are His. He will not lose one of his children.
I think our goal in life should be to die without owning a thing. Give it away and give it in Jesus name. We don’t own anything in this world and we can’t take things with us. But pass on the things with the message of the Gospel. Give away your possessions and as you travel closer to your heavenly home may your load get lighter of worldly possessions as you pass on your faith. Don’t focus on the things you give as if that’s your real treasure, but let them be life lessons to to teach and share Jesus with others. And when they look at what you gave them, may one day they pass it on as well along with the truth of the Gospel. May the one thing that you pass onto them that they freely give away and still keep, Be Jesus. Charles Spurgeon, who was known as, “the prince of preachers,” made what we would be the equivalent in our time in the sum of millions of dollars during his lifetime, but he died with little possessions. He put all the money he earned back into his schools and orphanages. He plowed it back into the work of the Gospel. The greatest treasure that the world can’t take away and we can keep is Jesus. The Bible reminds us that, ” For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.” Jesus is our greatest treasure. May our heart be with our Savior who is in heaven, where moth and rust destroy not and where thieves don’t break into steal. Pass on Jesus. He is your greatest treasure you could ever give away and still keep. The rich man who clings to his wealth and earthly treasures is poorer than the beggar on the street that has Jesus. Jesus told us in Mark 8:36-37, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Jesus is the treasure of Heaven that no one can buy and yet no man can take away. He is a gift from God to us. John 3:16-17 reminds us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” The greatest gift God gave us is his only son Jesus Christ, the hope of Heaven. My greatest treasure is not in what I hold in my hand, but in the one who holds my heart. Jesus is my greatest treasure. May he be yours also and may we share our treasure with those we love.
“A Wretch Like Me” – David D. Hanson