We were on a short getaway when I experienced my initial contact with “fool’s gold”. The experience was an interesting one, for I had no comprehension of what gold should look like. I was washing my face in the creek to get awake and asked my friend what I was looking at; for in those moments I thought that I might be a “rich man”.

A reality check made me realize that what I was seeing was almost worthless. Real riches I already possessed… Jesus Christ was my Savior; my redemption had been purchased with the shedding of His blood on Calvary; my sins had been forgiven; I was a child of God; Heaven was my home. And because I was a child of “The King”, He was waiting my guaranteed arrival. I left the creek a “richer” man simply by reflecting on real value.

You will probably tell me that I am forgetting what the Scripture says about Heaven and the “streets of gold”. Far be it that I should ever forget verses in Revelation that speak of “streets of gold”, or a city that is “pure gold”. (Revelation 21:18, 21). Frequently the writers of Scripture are exposed to things familiar to us because we are limited in our understanding of something of even greater beauty and value. Such grandeur awaits our arrival, with a new body.

I must adjure you, if I may? We can become so enamored with what is valuable, down here, that we forget that this is temporary and fleeting. Real value has to do with our Creator, The Savior (Jesus), and our future.

Jesus said:

“’Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, I will give you rest.’ Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28)

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