“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” — Mark 8:36-37
The ruins of Pompeii, in Italy, which was covered with ashes from the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius, began to be dug up in 1748. Before the digging had gone on very long, the workers found a skeleton stretched forth at full length. In one hand of this poor, unfortunate were gold and silver coins that had rolled away as those hands were freed from their ashy grave.
It seemed so strange to the workers that in the very act of death, this one was still grasping the coins! Sad, but true, he couldn’t take them with him.
What a picture of a tragic truth: that the endeavor to clutch coins has spoiled life for so many people. In our culture, so many… a majority, have cast off the true God for gold.
The current circumstances in our nation have not created a crisis, but have instead revealed one. America has put its trust in money and not its Maker. Jesus said, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:21)
What will happen to you if you lose everything you own? Would such a “tragedy” affect the way you conduct yourself spiritually? Would the “energies of your devotion” to God be lost to the pursuits of recovering your possessions?
Let Paul’s testimony find a place to germinate in your heart as you face the difficult days ahead:
“I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it as garbage, so that I could gain Christ…”
— Philippians 3:7-8