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First, let me tell you about a man who did not use this method. He did become wealthy, but he lost his wealth. He was a farmer who had excellent crops, so he decided to build huge buildings to store his substance. Then he went into retirement to enjoy his wealth. But that very night, he died and left it all behind. You may read about this man in the the Bible in Luke 12:15-21. Jesus said the man´s mistake was that he had laid up treasure for himself but was not rich toward God.
You see, there are different kinds of riches. The farmer´s wealth was earthly, material possessions. The problem with this wealth is that you may seek it all your life and never obtain it. If you do obtain it, you will worry about how to keep it, knowing that sooner or later you will lose it.
But Jesus tells about a different kind of wealth that anyone can obtain if they really want it. And once you have it, you can keep it forever. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal (Matthew 6:19,20).
You can have eternal treasure that no one can every take away. But to obtain it, you must choose to put God first in your life and stop placing your emphasis on material wealth. You cannot serve God and mammon (riches) (Matthew 6:24).
(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 2/5/2005
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