Although I’ve seen various renditions of the underlying thought in this article, I share it as a reminder that we must set our affections on things above, that we must live with eternity in view. Our first and foremost priority should be to have a relationship with the living God–not to chase the riches of this world. Unfortunately, we’ll always come up empty handed in the end and empty-hearted emotionally. If we want true and lasting peace, joy and love,we must seek God. And we will find Him when we seek with all of our heart and soul (Deut. 4:29). Many times we pass up what would be truly meaningful and beneficial in favor of the ‘cute, shiny gadget.’ If we line up with the Word of God, rearrange our priorities and seek first the Kingdom of God, all of these (other) things will be added to us (Matt. 6:33). … Enjoy
The upstate NY man was rich in almost every way. His estate was worth millions. He owned houses, land, antiques and cattle. But though on the outside he had it all, he was very unhappy on the inside. His wife was growing old, and the couple was childless. He had always wanted a little boy to carry on the family legacy.
Miraculously, his wife became pregnant in her later years, and she gave birth to a little boy. The boy was severely handicapped, but the man loved him with his whole heart. When the boy was five, his mom died. The dad drew closer to his special son. At age 13, the boys’s birth defects cost him his life and the father died soon after from a broken heart.
The estate was auctioned before hundreds of bidders. The first item offered was a painting of the the boy. No one bid. They waited like vultures for the riches. Finally, the poor housemaid, who helped raise the boy, offered $5 for the picture and easily took the bid. To every-one’s shock, the auctioneer ripped a hand written will from the back of the picture. This is what it said: “To the person who thinks enough of my son to buy this painting, to this person I give my entire estate.”
The auction was over. The greedy crowd walked away in shock and dismay.
How many of us have sought after what we thought were true riches only to find out later that our Father was prepared to give us His entire estate if we had only sought after His Son alone? -Author unknown
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