A rich landowner named Carl often rode around his vast estate so he could congratulate himself on his great wealth. One day while riding around his estate on his favorite horse, he saw Hans, an old tenant farmer. Hans was sitting under a tree when Carl rode by.
Hans said, ‘I was just thanking God for my food.’ Carl protested, ‘If that is all I had to eat, I wouldn’t feel like giving thanks.’ Hans replied, ‘God has given me everything I need, and I am thankful for it.’
The old farmer added, ‘It is strange you should come by today because I had a dream last night. In my dream a voice told me, ‘The richest man in the valley will die tonight.’ I don’t know what it means, but I thought I ought to tell you.’
Carl snorted, ‘Dreams are nonsense,’ and galloped away, but he could not forget Hans’ words: ‘The richest man in the valley will die tonight.’ He was obviously the richest man in the valley, so he invited his doctor to his house that evening. Carl told the doctor what Hans had said. After a thorough examination, the doctor told the wealthy landowner, ‘Carl, you are as strong and healthy as a horse. There is no way you are going to die tonight.’
Nevertheless, for assurance, the doctor stayed with Carl, and they played cards through the night. The doctor left the next morning and Carl apologized for becoming so upset over the old man’s dream. At about nine o’clock, a messenger arrived at Carl’s door.
‘What is it?’ Carl demanded. The messenger explained, ‘It’s about old Hans. He died last night in his sleep.’ …Author Unknown
And, so it goes… just as we get a bit ‘big-headed’ about all of our ‘worldly accomplishments’… we suddenly realize that those accomplishments are ‘all about OURSELVES.’ God, again and again is left out of the journey of life. We get this sense… I can handle it on my own. I’m the boss of my destiny. I don’t need outside help, or interference. WRONG! Carl, the rich landowner… realized, that he may have been rich by worldly standards… but by God’s standard… he was a selfish looser.
You see… it was ‘Hans’ who was the “richest man” in the valley. He was always seen helping the poor, the widowed, and the fatherless on his time off. When someone was in need, it was Hans that would be there lending a hand. But now he was gone, and the town began to mourn the treasure they had lost. Truly, the richest man in the valley died that night, but it wasn’t the man who trusted in his earthly wealth, but the man who stored up treasure in heaven.
The Apostle Luke tells us in Luke… 12:21-24 – This is how it will be for anyone who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God.” Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap; they have no storehouse or barn, yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than the birds!
And Matthew tell us in… 16:26 – “What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
…Many Blessings…as we seek our rewards in Heaven…cjlb… 3/7/2018