My friend, may I ask you a question? Do the things of this world so often appear pretty golden, but when you open them, there is usually little of value inside? When you think of it, where does real value live? Is it in the things we surround ourselves with that sound good, or the things that are in clay vessels?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I received a catalog in the mail the other day. It was from a well-known clothing retailer. Yet, the model on the cover was so scantily clad, it was enough to make the average man blush. The catalog was addressed: “Current Resident”. That meant that every man in town had that same opportunity. The question occurred to me as I walked back to the house, catalog tucked at the bottom of the pile, “Why is it that we, as Americans, have become so numbed to what, not so long ago, would have made our forefathers blush? Why do we even consider shopping in catalogs that promote the sensual?
What ever happened to shame; the shame that comes from knowing a perfect God who hates such things?
Here’s a story: An oriental king once summoned into his presence his three sons and set before them three sealed urns-- one of gold, the other of amber, and the third of clay. The king bade his eldest son to choose among these three urns that which appeared to him to contain the greatest treasures. The eldest son chose the vessel of gold, on which was written the word “Empire.” He opened it and found it full of blood. The second chose the vase of amber, whereon was written the word “Glory”; and when he opened it he found it full of the ashes of men who had made a great name in the world. The third son chose the vessel of clay, and on the bottom of this vessel was inscribed the name of God. The wise men at the king’s court voted that the third vessel weighed the most, because a single letter of the name of God weighed more than all the rest of the universe. (Macartney’s Illustrations, pg. 139)
The things of this world might appear pretty golden, but when you open them, there is usually little of value inside. Scantily clad models can easily get you to turn the page. But when the last page is turned, you’ve gained nothing in the turning. Place them down next to your Bible and their luster disappears pretty quickly. When you are tempted by the things of this world, look up! Discard those things which distract you. There is something worth looking for beyond and above this life. It’s called eternal life in Christ. The rest is but dust and ashes.
We pray. Heavenly Father, we are surrounded by things that seem so tempting, so good and inviting. If we only had them we know that we would be happy? O Lord, how shallow is that thinking, how very sad it the way of the world that things that age, fade, tarnish and rust seem so good, so right for us in the moment? Forgive us Father when we long after the things of this world that are at best temporary, and at worst harmful, even fatal. Help us Father to know that the right choice is You, and no matter what the world offers, it can never equal that. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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