If you can find a place where there is absolute security from insects, corrosion, depreciation, and thieves, I want to know about it, because I’d like to move there.
But no such place exists. Connoisseurs of fine clothing will acknowledge that regardless of the quality, the material will eventually fade, wear out, and get dirty with frequent use. Even if clothing is protected from dirt and sunlight, it may be moth-eaten. Gold, silver, platinum, and other precious metals are subject to corrosion and will thus diminish in value.
Many people once considered real estate a profitable investment because they anticipated appreciation in housing values. All of this changed when our economy went into recession. Now, most people are fortunate to sell their homes for the original asking price. Even the possessions inside our homes are not completely safe, because we may become victims of theft.
There is no real security in this world. Even if our possessions last a lifetime, we cannot take them with us when we die. Anything we keep and enjoy here and now is temporal, but the blessings we will have in Heaven can be enjoyed forever. This means that if we want to keep what we have, then we need to give it to the Lord.
Jim Elliot said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Is it really a great sacrifice to give God your money now, knowing eternal riches are awaiting you in Heaven? Is it too great to dedicate your life to God now, knowing He has given you eternal life?
If you want to keep what you have, then give to the Lord today.
We’re richer when we give and poorer when we keep. — Unknown Author
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.