You Cannot Take It With You
Tutankhamen, the boy king, was only 17 when he died. He was buried with solid gold chariots and thousands of golden artifacts. His gold coffin was found within gold tombs within gold tombs within gold tombs. The burial site was filled with tons of gold.
The Egyptians believed in an afterlife--one where they could take earthly treasures. But all the treasures intended for King Tut's eternal enjoyment stayed right where they were until Howard Carter discovered the burial chamber in 1922. They hadn't been touched for more than three thousand years. 1 Timothy 6:7 says, "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out" óRandy Alcorn. cited in KneEmail
Trash or Treasure?
Craig Randall drove his garbage truck to Wendy's restaurant to pick up their trash and drove away $200,000 richer. The previous week when he stopped at Wendy's, he rummaged through the garbage and pulled a contest sticker off a cup. That time he won a free chicken sandwich. This time he found a cup and figured, "Hey, I'd like to get some free fries to go with it."
When he pulled the sticker off, it read: "Congratulations! You have won $200,000." Someone who had eaten in the restaurant hadn't taken the time to pull off the sticker before throwing it away. To one person it was trash. To another, treasure.
The riches of God's Word are available to all who will take the time to read it. But first you must recognize its value.
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