What do we treasure, clothes, jewelry, wealth, or good health? Today’s devotion may help us reconsider our priorities.
You are only fattening it for worms!
(Thomas Guthrie, 1803-1873)
“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs!” 1 Timothy 6:7-10
If you are wealthy, you may reside in a splendid mansion–but it is only to leave it one day for a dark and narrow house! You may pamper the body with the costliest luxuries–but you are only fattening it for worms! Nor can the flashing blaze of a thousand diamonds blind our eyes to the melancholy fact that this mirthful, beautiful, charming body shall, stripped of all its luxury, be wrapped in a shroud, nailed up in a coffin–and thrust down into a black hole to rot!
But give me the treasures of redemption . . .
my food is heavenly manna,
my wine is divine love,
my sweet pillow is the bosom of the Son,
my strong defense is the arm of Almighty God,
my home is that palace, eternal in the heavens!
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These are important because they are eternal. Riches and luxury only last for a moment, redemption is forever.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001