The Value of the Kingdom

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field,
which a man found and covered up.
Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
who, on finding one pearl of great value,
went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
(Matthew 13:44–46, ESV)


No Pockets

Do not be overawed when a man grows rich,
when the splendor of his house increases;
for he will take nothing with him when he dies,
his splendor will not descend with him.
Though while he lived he counted himself blessed—
and men praise you when you prosper—
he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light of life.
A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

(Psalm 49:16–20, NIV84)

This is Black Friday, a day that many celebrate by demonstrating unmitigated greed.  The verses quoted above remind us that material possessions will not last beyond this life.  “He will take nothing with him when he dies.”

The early Christians had an expression, “There’s no pockets on a shroud.”  A shroud was a linen burial cloth, and that saying reminded them that you can’t take your stuff with you after death.

An updated version of that statement could be, “You never see a hearse pulling a U-Haul.”

God Desires Holiness

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified:
that you should avoid sexual immorality;
that each of you should learn to control his own body
in a way that is holy and honorable,
not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother
or take advantage of him.
The Lord will punish men for all such sins,
as we have already told you and warned you.
For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.

(1 Thessalonians 4:3–7, NIV84)