The Rest Of The Story

“Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but upon God. . . (1 Tim. 6:17).

A relative has written a history of the family and as part of a long, and often poor dynasty, I’m still here. I want to claim it as spirituality, but the question remains, “What is the rest of the story?” Hopefully, there is to be a happy ending, something other than another painful prologue, but then doesn’t everyone?

A wealthy man lived contentedly in a beautiful mansion, joyfully eating his fill of delectable foods, happily wearing expensive clothing until he learned that he too must die. With a heavy heart, he approached the Lord in prayer and thought he heard,

“Rich man, what has happened to make your happy?”

The man said he learned his death might be near and in answer thought he heard Jesus say, “I can cure that.” Gratefully, but conscious of a possible drain of his assets, he said, “Really? No need to worry about my house, food, and material things?” To him it seemed that Jesus said, “That’s correct,” but yet in caution the man said, “But Jesus, how can you cure death?”

With an answer for all men, rich or poor, Jesus supposedly responded, “I have died in your pace.” In writing any story, it is important to get the ending right, and for Christians that should include an example of priorities. Thus our closure regarding a Mr. Heinz, head of the pickle company, who placed a jar of his finest specially prepared, giant dills on his desk with a sign.. . . God first . . . family second . . . pickles third.” That’s the best of the story.

Hymn: “We Bring The Sacrifices Of Praise”

Heavenly Father, in praise of Your goodness, our story is related for those who see no end to the story of life, who have ignored the sacrifice of Your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. May all long for His promise of a life with You, Himself, and the Holy Spirit. In His admirable name we pray, Amen.

Gordon V. Herrmann, Santa Maria, CA