Inspired by “Rich Man” by 3 Shades of Blue
Crash! The sound of shattering glass echoed through the house. Both Randy and his mother ran into the kitchen. “Oh April, you didn’t!” her mother exclaimed when they saw the little girl looking in dismay at the pieces of a crystal vase scattered all over the floor. “I told you not to touch that! You’ve broken my new vase!” “I didn’t mean to,” April sobbed. “I just wanted to hold it.” Her mother nodded. “I see that,” she said. “Right now I want you to go wait in your room before you get cut on this class. I’ll be here to talk to you in a minute, but first I need to get this picked up. Randy would you get out the vacuum for me please?” As they worked, Randy shook his head.
April should have known better than to pick up the vase,” he said. “But since she did pick it up, she should have hung on tight!” “That’s true,” agreed his mother. “I can’t help but think of something else that we are all holding in our hands, something people often let slip away,” she added. Randy looked at his empty hands in bewilderment. “Our souls are in our hands,” continued his mother. “The soul is the most valuable thing we possess,, ye people play with it so carelessly. Many are like the rich an Jesus talked about, interested only in having enough to eat, having a good time, and being popular. Remember, you need to handle your soul with care.”
Why is the soul so valuable to God? That’s an easy question to answer if you think about John 3:16. God gave His Son, Jesus, so that we could have eternal life. Just as family members are priceless to us, the life of Jesus was priceless to His Father. In spite of how simple it is to understand, for some of us, it is equally difficult to believe. Otherwise, we would not make the decisions in life that we make. Every day, people trade their souls for earthly riches, fame, and sinful pleasures. Sadly, many of us believe in God, but we don’t believe Him. At least, we don’t act as if we do.
There was a story in the Bible that illustrates this point perfectly. It’s found in Matthew 19:16-22. It says this, “Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’” “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.”
The rich young man came to Jesus looking for assurance that he would make it into Heaven. He desired a business plan to follow to insure that Eternity would be his destination. Clearly from a successful family, he was familiar with discipline as he indicated that he had “obeyed all the commandments” that Jesus Christ listed. However, when it came time to take a calculated risk for eternity, the businessman walked away.
Life is full of calculated risk. Before we commit to anything in life, we weigh all the options. We put careful consideration into our profession, purchases and how we spend our time, but when it comes to our soul’s eternal resting place, have we taken the same time and thought?
Following Jesus is a calculated risk. If you are truly committed to Jesus Christ, there will be many things lost in this world to gain the Kingdom. Without sowing, there is no reaping and no harvest. For those who reap sparingly, the benefits of the Kingdom seem small and not worthwhile because to follow Jesus Christ requires all of your life. Only those who seek a relationship with Jesus Christ as a marriage and union will be able to live a successful Christian life as His Follower. To be a Christian is to give up our identity to become one with the Lord. Are you willing to give your all to Jesus? Pause and count the cost.
Whether you want to admit it or not, eventually, we all will die and our soul will move on to eternity. Philanthropy will not get you into Heaven. Neither will religion. The only way to get into Heaven is by following Jesus Christ and allowing Him to inhabit our soul. For me, the rewards of heaven and the ability to spend eternity with the creator of the universe is a choice worthy of my soul. The idea of an eternity in hell is in no way appealing to me in any way shape or form. However, I can’t make the decision for you, only you can chose where you want to spend eternity. Jesus was straightforward! His offer of salvation, forgiveness and new life is free to anyone who is willing to accept it. It is up to you to count the cost.
3 Shades of Blue is a pop rock band out of the Philadelphia area. Rich Man is from their Pick A Side CD which can be found on iTunes or on their website. For more information about 3 Shades of Blue you can go to their website at: http://www.3shadesofblue.org/
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