Ill-gotten treasures are of no value, but righteousness delivers from death.
This sounds like an oxymoron. A treasure that’s of no value. How does that work? I guess it all depends upon your perspective.
In the natural realm, any treasure is good and valuable, no matter how it’s gotten. That’s the trouble with us humans, we can’t see the big picture. We look at what will make us feel good right now. That’s why so many people in our generation have clawed and fought their way up the corporate ladder, only to find out it was leaning against the wrong wall.
We get trapped in the love of money and excuse it away.
“I’m doing this for you, so you can be comfortable.”
“This extra job is only temporary.”
It is only after we have lost those people who are dear to us that we start to question if it was worth it.
Righteousness – a life lived with God’s priorities in view, delivers us from death. No, not the grave, but from a living death. Living your life in God’s will for you will keep your relationships from dying. It will keep you from an unfulfilled life. Then, in your later years, you can look back with no regrets.
After all, what is value? We are eternal beings. Only a miniscule part of our existence will be lived in this life. As wonderful as money seems right now, it is only an illusion.
Don’t get me wrong, I need money to get by, the same as everyone else. But money has no eternal value. It is only good for life on this planet. I need to be storing up eternal wealth. That’s where righteousness comes in. It will last throughout the ages to come.
As I said, it all comes down to perspective. What is important to you? Better yet, what is going to be important to you one million years from today? Remember, there will come a day when things that you highly valued will suddenly become worthless. And things that you didn’t care about will suddenly become of supreme importance.
Start planning now for your life in eternity. It will reap the greatest profit you could ever hope to achieve.