“Jesus said, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, there is no one who has given up a house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, who will not receive a hundred times as much now in the present age—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms—along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last, first.” (Mark 10:29-31) Amplified version
An ancient fable tells of three merchant men traveling across the country. As they came to the edge of the creek to make their lodging for the night, a voice came to them saying, “gather all the stones you can into your sacks and when morning comes, you will be both happy and sad.”
They did as the voice commanded and gathered the stones. When morning came, they looked into their bags, and as the voice had said, they were both happy and sad. Inside those bags were all manner of precious and valuable stones. They were sad they had not gathered more, but happy because they had at least gathered a few.
So it will be at the end of this age. God has commanded us amid this spiritually dark world to lay up our treasures in Heaven. In this ominous night of the soul, He still wants us to witness of His honor and glory. He still wants souls to be born again and discipled.
There is also a voice bidding us to gather stones. I am sure on the Day of Judgment, we will be both happy and sad. Happy because we obeyed, and sad because we could have done so much more.
May the Lord help us so that we may, by faith, gather precious treasure. The fields are ripe for harvest. The fruit is hanging low, and it is in our grasp. What the devil means for evil, the great God and Shepherd of our souls will work together for our eternal good.
Dear friend, go gather some stones by helping someone along the way. It may be that when the dawn of the new day with Christ arrives, we will not be sad, but overjoyed because we heeded the voice from Heaven.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
Sue West is available to speak at churches and home Bible Study groups. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org