You Can’t Take it With You

saleI like to hunt. There is something about capturing your prey and taking it home that thrills me. However, I don’t hunt in the woods. I hunt at garage sales hoping to find a bargain on something I want or need.

Occasionally, I will shop at an estate sale. So far they’ve all been similar. People come in and price the contents of the deceased person’s belongings, and shoppers are invited to walk through the house to purchase whatever is for sale. However, I don’t get that rush of excitement at an estate sale as I do a garage sale. Estate sales are sobering.

I think about the deceased person. I see his or her prized possessions and collections, what took years to accumulate, with price tags on them. Complete strangers are walking his or her hallways and bedrooms rummaging through his/her personal items. “You can’t take it with you,” rings loud and clear when I observe these things.

I am reading A.W. Tozer’s, The Pursuit of God, for the first time. He writes, “The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One. Many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them, the enjoyment of them will be so tempered they will never be necessary for his happiness. Or if he must see them go, one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss for having the Source of all things he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately and forever.”

Tozer so eloquently reminds us that our true source of joy and fulfillment does not come from stuff but in relationship with God. The only way to receive this treasure was for Jesus to pay for it with His life and blood. This is more than a bargain. This is the deal of all eternity!

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