How can you impress the God Who has everything? The Bible tells us He owns the cattle upon a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). It also says the earth and its fullness belong to Him (Psalm 24:1), but few people live as if this is reality.

Once a wealthy oil tycoon thought he would try to impress Dr. George W. Truett with his great riches. So he invited the pastor to visit his sprawling property in Texas. He pointed to the acres of land in the north and said, “Pastor, as far as you can see in that direction, I own it.”

Then he pointed eastward and stated, “I also own everything you see that way.”

He showed the pastor the land to the south and east, again claiming to own everything within eyesight.

Dr. Truett waited until the businessman had finished, and then he raised his hand and pointed toward Heaven. He asked, “But how much do you have in that direction?”

Unless we have treasures in Heaven, no earthly riches will profit us. We can start laying up this treasure by understanding our spiritually bankrupt condition before God. Regardless of our financial wherewithal, we are all indebted to God because of sin. The only payment He accepts for sin is death (Romans 6:23a). We cannot give Him our property or riches to pay off this outstanding debt.

God knew this, and sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to Earth to pay the price for our sins through His death and shed blood on the cross. Three days later, He rose again from the dead, offering eternal life—and incorruptible riches in Heaven—to all who simply believe in Him.

My friend, God isn’t impressed with your possessions. His heart will only be moved to cancel your sin debt when you accept His free gift. Put your trust in Christ today.

Click here to learn how you can accept God’s free gift.

I will place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the Kingdom of Christ. — David Livingstone

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.