Object Lessons

Casket or Crown

Objects: A small jewel casket, and a small cardboard crown covered with gilt paper.

After the death of a rich man who had lived selfishly someone asked "What did he leave?"

A friend wisely answered, "He left everything."

That man was rich until death overtook him, and then he was poor. He could not take any of his wealth with him. He had lived a foolish life, because he had lived for the things of this world. This little casket will remind us of those who, though they may be rich, lose all at death.

Paul was not this kind of person. He lived for eternity and not for time only. People may have thought of him as being poor when he died, but he was indeed rich, for he had an eternal reward. This little crown reminds me of Paul's words, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness" (2 Tim. 4:7, 8).

Paul spoke of fighting against the powers of the devil. He was a man that was not afraid. He spoke of his service as though he had run a race. He was a man who finished the task Christ gave him. He was not a quitter. Because of his faithfulness to Christ, he was to receive a great reward—a crown. His wealth did not end at death.

We need to ask ourselves whether we are living for time or eternity. If we know Christ as Saviour, we will be with Him. And if we have served Him faithfully, we, too, like Paul, will have an eternal crown.

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