An example from the Bible
The Lord wanted me to write further on this topic and to show an example right out of the Bible. The example comes from Luke 18: 18 – 25. The young rich prince has a problem as he comes to Jesus.
He is worshiping an idol (an idol of the heart), and not worshiping God. Let me tell the story in Luke.
Luke 18: 18 begins: And a certain ruler asked him, saying, “Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 And Jesus said unto him, “Why callest thou me good? None is good, save one, that is, God.
20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor thy father and thy mother.” 21 And he said, “All these have I kept from my youth up.” 22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, “Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven: and come, follow me.”
The rich prince was one step from going to Heaven, but his idol of the heart was his lord, it was money and not God! 23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. 24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, He said, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the Kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.”
I know I wouldn’t hesitate to trade my riches for entry into God’s Kingdom even if I had any riches to my name in the first place. Fortunately I don’t have to worry about paying anything to get into Heaven. Christ already paid in full for our entry into Heaven and all we need do is take Him as our Savior!
Think of it, Jesus just told the rich prince he was one step from going to Heaven, all he had to do was give his money away. He chose his money, sad isn’t it? What would you choose to keep instead of going to Heaven? Beware of idols of the heart; they’ll steal your soul!
All glory to God
Your humble servant Lee M. Buchanan