DayBreaks for 10/14/13 – Things that Make Dying Hard
1 John 2:15 (NLT) Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.
Charles Spurgeon was a famed Christian preacher. At one point during his life, he was taken on a tour of a man’s home – a very, very wealthy man. The man lived in a mansion that put nearly every other mansion to shame. The house was filled with original works of art from the great European painters and sculptors, magnificent tapestries and other objects d’art. At the conclusion of the tour, the man turned to Spurgeon and asked him, “Well, what do you think?” Spurgeon’s reply was: “These are the things that make dying hard.”
It is easy – so very easy – to fall in love with the things of this world. We are advised to not lay up treasures on earth but in heaven….we are also told that where our treasure is, our hearts will follow.
As I thought about this today, I thought about Spurgeon’s comment and these passages and how we look at death. We look at death as leaving things behind – people, possessions and the like. We think of it as a parting, a leaving of things – and I suppose it is. But maybe we should think of dying more as going to something of far greater worth than anything we leave behind.
Why do possessions make dying hard? Because we love them so much. Because as 1 John 2:15 says, if we love the world and what it offers us, there’s not going to be room nor inclination in our hearts to love the Father. And if we miss Him, we will have missed the greatest and only real treasure in existence. We can’t (not my words, but Jesus’ words!) serve two masters. We will love this world and what’s in it, or we will love God.
Which will it be?
PRAYER: Father, we need You to cleanse our heart from loving this world and what it offers us! We have fallen in love with too many things and not left room for You. Help us live up to the greatest commandment and die to things in this world in order to gain that which can never be taken from us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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