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You And Your Possessions

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READ: Matthew 19:16-26

It is hard for a rich man
to enter the kingdom of heaven. —Matthew 19:23

Six armed gunmen broke into
the deposit boxes in a London bank and stole valuables worth more than $7 million.
One woman, whose jewelry was appraised at $500,000, wailed, “Everything I had
was in there. My whole life was in that box.”

Some people have taken
foolish risks to cling to their riches. They have died rushing into burning
houses or were killed because they stubbornly resisted armed robbers.
Apparently they felt that without their material possessions life would not be
worthwhile. Others, when they lose their wealth, slip into despair, even to the
point of suicide.

The greatest danger in
becoming too closely identified with our possessions lies in the spiritual area
of life. An unhealthy attachment to material things can keep an unsaved person
from turning to Christ and prevent a believer from living for Him. The story of
the rich young ruler forcefully illustrates this truth. Jesus’ words “You
cannot serve God and [money]” (Matt. 6:24) certainly apply to us all.

Keep a wide gulf between
yourself and your possessions. It will spare you many heartaches. If you are
not a believer in Christ, don’t make the mistake of the rich young ruler. It
will cost you your soul. —Herbert
Vander Lugt

The riches of this world
are vain,
They vanish in a day;
But sweet the treasures of God’s love—
They never pass away!  —Bosch

To be rich in God is better
than to be rich in goods!

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