Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A Rich Worldling

How apt are many at the sight of a rich worldling; to envy him for what he has. But, for my part, I rather pity him for what he lacks!
He has a talent but it lacks improvement; he has a lamp but it lacks oil; he has a soul but it lacks grace; he has the creature but he lacks the Creator; he has a mansion but he lacks heaven.
In his life, he floats upon a torrent of vanity which rolls along into an ocean of vexation! And after death, it will be said of him, "Take this unprofitable servant, bind him hand and foot, and cast him into outer darkness! Consign his soul to the eternal lake of fire and brimstone!"
Where now is the object of your envy? It is not his gold that can then rescue him, nor his mansion that can then satisfy him, nor his friends that can then comfort him. Therefore, if he is worth the envying, then who can be worth the pitying? If this is happiness then give me misery!
Lord, rather make me poor with a holy heart than rich with an evil heart of unbelief!
[Thomas Sherman]

Luke 16:19 ... There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
Luke 16:23-24 ... And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
Matthew 25:46 ... And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.