CHRIST – MORE TO BE DESIRED THAN GOLD

CHRIST – MORE TO BE DESIRED THAN GOLD

Michael Jeshurun

Here’s an old Christian joke . . . .
A very wealthy man is distressed that he can’t take his wealth to Heaven. So, in his retirement, he spends many years praying to God – beseeching God to make an exception and allow him to take his wealth with him when he dies.

Finally, God responds to the man’s fervent prayers and says. “OK, in your case, I will make an exception – you can bring one bag of wealth with you.”

The man is jubilant and, when he dies, he has a bag full of gold bars placed in his coffin.

When he arrives at the Pearly Gates, he has a bag of gold bars by his side.

St Peter stops him and says “Sorry, but you can’t bring anything from earth into Heaven.”

The man replies. “It’s OK; I’ve got a special exception”. St Peter goes and makes a few phone calls, and comes back to say. “OK, I can see you have an exception, but I still need to check all your hand-luggage.”

St Peter looks in the man’s bag, and says “very good, but why did you bring pavement with you?” (Rev 21:21)

The ‘moral‘ of this old Christian joke is not that Heaven is so glorious that even the streets are paved with gold, but rather that the things men so highly esteem here below are reputed as nothing up above.

And the error in this joke is that the man who is truly Heaven-bound has no regard for silver or gold or the myraids of other earthly treasures. Yes, on and off such an one may (and will) get tripped off and hanker for the husks of the pig pen , but when He cometh to himself he desires but one thing and one thing only – Jesus Christ!

“Evermore the worldling’s cry is, “Who will show us any good?” He seeks satisfaction in earthly comforts, enjoyments, and riches. But the quickened sinner knows of only one good. “O that I knew where I might find HIM!” When he is truly awakened to feel his guilt, if you could pour the gold of India at his feet, he would say, “Take it away: I want to find HIM.”

It is a blessed thing for a man, when he has brought his desires into a focus, so that they all centre in one object. When he has fifty different desires, his heart resembles a pond of stagnant water, spread out into a marsh, breeding miasma and pestilence; but when all his desires are brought into one channel, his heart becomes like a river of pure water, running swiftly to fertilize the fields. Happy is he who hath one desire, if that one desire be set on Christ!” – C.H. Spurgeon

“Whom have I in heaven but Thee ? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee.” [Psalm 73:25]

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