The story of rags to riches can be told over and over again. Men and women work hard, see their businesses succeed, build large estates, and live comfortable lives. But men and women also lose fortunes as businesses fail and farms collapse.
The Bible tells the story of a young man who wanted to know how to inherit eternal life. Jesus set the Ten Commandments before this young man. And this fellow boasted, “All these things I have kept from my youth” (Luke 18:21). But Jesus was more perceptive. He showed this man the greed of his own heart. “One thing you still lack,” He said, “Sell all you possess, and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me” (Luke 18:22). The young man became “very sad.” Why? “He was extremely rich” (Luke 18:23).
This is a story of riches to rags. The rich man wanted to keep his earthly wealth. But he had to leave it all behind anyway. “For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either” (1 Timothy 6:7). He also failed to gain heavenly riches. He didn’t follow Jesus. And this same Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).
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