For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life? — Matt 16:26 NET
Eternal life is the only thing worth living for. No matter how much pleasure, or how great success, or how high honor, one may gain in this world, if at the end of life, a man passes into eternity unsaved–of what comfort to him will it be to remember his pleasant life on this earth?
A rich man failed in business. He then gathered together the fragments of his wrecked fortune–in all a few thousand dollars. He determined to go to another part of the country to start again. He took all his money, and bought a splendid car, furnishing it in the most luxurious style, and stocking it with provisions for his journey. In this sumptuous car he traveled to his destination. At length he stepped from the door of his rolling palace, and only then thought for the first time of his great folly. He had used the last cent of his money in getting in this magnificent way to his new home, and had nothing on which to begin life anew!
This illustrates the folly of those who think only of this life, and make no provision for eternity. They use up all their time, their opportunities, their life’s strength–in getting to the gate of the grave, and find themselves forced to begin eternity with nothing, no treasure laid up. The only true success–is that which makes a man rich for eternity!
Daily Comfort - November 22
Public domain content taken from Devotional Writings by J.R. Miller.