“I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”  Luke 16:9 NIV


Read:  Luke 16:1-15


“He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep in order to gain that which he cannot lose.”  (Jim Elliott, Christian missionary)   I suggest you read this quote a couple of times to apply it properly.

We could re-phrase this as ‘He is a fool who holds onto things he cannot keep while losing things he could not lose in the first place.’

We are wise to give up things that we could not keep in the first place in order to gain what we can never lose.  It seems, daily, we strive to hold onto those things that are destined to slip from our grasp.  We reach with even more effort to hold what we know we were to never have.

We do this while ignoring all we can have without fear of losing it.   Does this sound familiar?   We acquire worldly possessions which we cannot take with us.   Our lives are obsessed at times with things.

JESUS offers us more than things.   HE promises us forgiveness of our sins…all of them.   When we are cleansed of our sins, HE promises us eternity in Heaven.   Are you holding onto things that will rot and decay rather than the sweet, pure eternity in Heaven that once given to you will never be taken away?

Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, JESUS, for taking on all my sins so that I may spend eternity in Heaven with YOU.  Help me concentrate on holding onto this precious gift and letting go of the things of this world.  Amen.”