Ugh. We are preparing to have a cement driveway put in to replace the old, broken-up tarred surface which had seen better days/years, to be truthful. Soon it will be a nicer, cleaner surface and match the neighborhood driveways. Obviously we have lagged behind the Joneses’. It is an investment we have put off, but it is time that we take care of the property God has loaned to us. But what an expense!
It is expensive to live isn’t it? Nothing comes cheap and nothing is “free”. I can hardly stomach television commercials that “force” their way into my home. That’s the down side of watching the news during which one of their sponsors advertises gold. Buy gold! Save yourself from the troubles of the world. You will feel so much safer if you buy gold. I get the message and I could probably quote the actor if I put forth the effort, but you get the idea. If you buy gold, good for you! I have no opinion to voice as to how money should be stored or invested.
However, it does remind me of this little allegory you may have heard:
“There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and he wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him.
An angel hears his plea and appears to him. “Sorry, but you can’t take your wealth with you.” The man implores the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules.
The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him. The angel reappears and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and fills it with pure gold bars and places it beside his bed.
Soon afterward the man dies and shows up at the Gates of Heaven to greet St. Peter. St. Peter seeing the suitcase says, “Hold on, you can’t bring that in here!”
But, the man explains to St. Peter that he has permission and asks him to verify his story with the Lord. Sure enough, St. Peter checks and comes back saying, “You’re right. You are allowed one carry-on bag, but I’m supposed to check its contents before letting it through.”
St. Peter opens the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man found too precious to leave behind and exclaims, “You brought pavement?!!!”
Hope you got a chuckle out of this, but there is a kernel of truth here. We are going to walk on streets of gold in heaven ~ not the cement of earth. No cement driveways either. Maybe gold ones or perhaps you prefer pearl? We will have countless jewels to choose from. Can you believe that the New Jerusalem will have doors mined from solid pearls? It’s beyond my comprehension, but it is true.
I don’t want to get bogged down worrying about earthly substance. God has promised to take care of me and I choose to take Him at His Word. After all, it’s all His anyway. He just moves it around a little to benefit those who love Him and those who don’t. “For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.” (Psalm 50:10 ) Jesus wants to give us abundant life (John 10:10) as we follow Him by faith.
The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass. Revelation 21:21