I held out the bag of gold and waited for him to grab it.
“Here this is for you,” I swung the sack from side to side like a pendulum.
“What is it?” He spoke without hope. He spoke without joy. Thoroughly numb.
“The answer to your dreams. A treasure.”
“Yeah right.” He shifted his weight from his left foot to his right foot, a nervous dance.
“I’m serious!” I smiled and put on my most welcoming face, while continuing to hold out the wealth of a lifetime.
“Naw, I’m not interested.” His eyes suspicious.
“What?” I couldn’t believe that he wouldn’t take this free gift.
“I’m okay. I don’t need anything.” He glanced to his right, averting eye contact.
“But it’s gold!” I pushed the bag toward him. “Just take a look.”
Reluctantly he pulled his right hand from his jacket pocket and took hold of the bag. With both hands he tugged at the drawstring at the top of the sack and peeked inside. The nuggets sparkled back at him in the morning sun. With a tight grin he asked, “What’s this, fools gold?”
“It’s a chance to have what you’ve been missing.”
He looked me in the eye once more. “I appreciate the offer, but no thanks.” With that he turned and walked away.
Have I walked away from God’s offer of gold?
To my shame I have. I’ve lived in poverty when the riches and resources of Heaven have been made available to me.
When God sent Jesus He sent a treasure of incalculable wealth. I can begin enjoying His gold in my next breath. In other words, I don’t have to put off using the assets of God. The wealth of God, through Christ, is for now and extends into forever.
The question, then, is will I continue to live in poverty, trapped by my poverty mentality, when I don’t have to?
What would you say? What would you do?
This offer is so much more than mere material wealth and temporal well being.
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