We all want it. It is something so pure it never decays or tarnishes.
Bury it in the sea, dig it up in a thousand years, and it’s as perfect as the day it drowned beneath the waves.
Years ago, explorers traveled the world searching for gold. Whole cultures in the New World were decimated in the desire to carry home gold, gold, and more gold!
Wars were fought over it, people were enslaved and forced to mine it, and a few people became very rich.
Today, we plate jewelry with it to increase its value. We put it into electronics to enhance power transfer and prevent corrosion. We beat it into thin sheets to cover walls or create art simply because it is beautiful.
Each of those uses pales in comparison to what makes gold really valuable. To get the most out of our gold investments, we must shape the shimmering metal into bars and pack it away in underground vaults where it is never seen.
Then we are doubly rich. Or so the world says.
Proverbs 13:7 says:
“One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.”
Where is honesty when money rules our lives? Gone, in a puff of wind.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 says:
“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.”
Our passion cannot be our gold. It must be the good we can do with it.
1 Timothy 6:7 says:
“For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.”
What lasts longer than life? Our passion for Christ and the good we do for him are the only things that will survive.
Psalm 41:1 says:
“Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him.”
God lays generosity on us. When we are financially blessed, it’s up to us to bless others with our excess.
And so, here’s the legend of gold: It makes our lives better, so getting it at any cost is worth the sacrifice.
Here’s the truth of gold: Its only value is in what we can do with it for the Lord.
When we find our value in God, our earthly wealth is a tool to worship him.
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