Unclaimed Wealth

Russell Conwell gave a lecture many years ago about a man who searched diligently, a long way from home, for treasure. Diamonds were later discovered on his own poor land. He had been walking right over them for a long time. Could we be doing the same thing in a much more serious way? Our lives are one long search for meaning, purpose, understanding, and pleasure. We are looking for these things in education, possessions, entertainment, personal achievements, peer respect, relationships, etc. All the time, in the words of an old gospel song, "Standing somewhere in the shadows, you’ll find Jesus!"  Jesus gave a profound illustration of this in Luke 6:46-49. He tells of two houses representing two kinds of lives. One was built on sinking sand, the other on solid rock. One life collapsed, the other stood firm. He is the Rock! He is the true treasure! We can squander our lives on that which will leave us spiritually bankrupt or we can build lives on Jesus that will survive eternally. In the words of Clara T. Williams’ wonderful hymn: "Poor was I, and sought for riches, Something that would satisfy; but the dust I gathered round me Only mocked my soul’s sad cry. Well of water, ever springing, Bread of life, so rich and free, Untold wealth that never faileth, My Redeemer is to me. Hallelujah! I have found Him–Whom my soul so long has craved! Jesus satisfies my longings; Thro’ His blood I now am saved."  Selah! Examine your heart. Is He your wealth?   Ron

"Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near;…." Isaiah 55:6

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