How do you measure value? Good Morning America did a broadcast featuring the Jaguar XJ220 sports car. It was the fastest car in the world from 1991 until 1994. The car could travel from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. It was also one of the most expensive. Interested buyers had to put down a deposit of $80,000 just to be put on the waiting list for one of the 281 XJ220’s that were built. And there were many – 1,500 people made deposits for the car. These deposits alone brought the company $120 million.
When the Jaguar XJ220 went on sale in 1991, it cost $580,000, and an 8-ounce bottle of wax for the car cost an additional $3,400. The sad fact is, no matter how much the cars were waxed and polished when they were new, they will probably end up in a junkyard in the next 100 years . . . or sooner.
You see, it’s useless to get all caught up in things because we can’t take them with us when we die. I’ve never seen a U-Hauler pull up behind a hearse and leave the person’s possessions at the gravesite. Those things don’t belong to that person anymore. The only things that will really belong to us at the time of our death are treasures we’ve laid up in Heaven. That’s true value, because it will last forever.
Now there’s nothing wrong with having new things, but which would you rather have: an expensive new car or house you can enjoy now, or priceless treasures you can enjoy for all eternity? It’s a no-brainer. I’ll take treasures that last forever over earthly riches any day. I’m sure you would, too.
So let’s work toward eternal riches: lay up treasures in Heaven by telling others how to get there. Serve Christ with all you have, giving of your time and energy to help promote His cause. Get started right away. You have all eternity to enjoy the benefits of salvation, because it has true value.
He who provides for this life, but takes no care for eternity, is wise for a moment, but a fool forever. – John Tillotson
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder