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11 For [gar] the sun [helios] is no sooner risen [anatello] with [sun] a burning heat [kauson], but [kai] it withereth [xeraino] the grass [chortos], and [kai] the flower [anthos] thereof
[autos] falleth [ekpipto], and [kai] the grace [euprepeia] of the fashion [prosopon]
of it [autos] perisheth [apollumi]: so [houto] also [kai] shall [maraino] the rich
man [plousios] fade away [maraino] in [en] his [autos] ways [poreia]. KJV-Interlinear
11 For the sun rises with a
scorching wind, and withers the grass; and its flower falls off, and the beauty
of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his
pursuits will fade away. NASB
This metaphor makes it very clear, or at least it
should make it clear, that everything in this world is transitory, fleeting,
temporary, brief as it were.Nothing in
this life, nothing that is, from this physical world, is permanent.
And as such, it has no intrinsic value.
The best possessions to have, are those which retain
their value no matter what, and those whose value goes on forever.Nothing in life fits that description, except
Bible doctrine and the blessings that accompany it.
The sun rises and falls.The sun gives life, or at least presents an
environment that supports life.But, at
the same time, that sun causes life to cease.
The sun combined with time are the best of friends
that one could have, and they are the worst of enemies.
As the earth rotates, time becomes fleeting.The day comes on us and the day leaves
us.We cannot go back to the days of
earlier times.Once past, those days are
Likewise, the possessions of this life come to us and
then they leave us.Life is short in the
grand scheme of things.We may think
that life seems to go on slowly and forever, but once you become thirty, or
forty, or fifty, or sixty, or seventy, or eighty and so forth, then the speed
of life becomes a blur.
It was just yesterday when we were young.But now, where did all of that time go?How did it get past us?We still have many things we want to do in
life, many things that we haven't finished.
We have hustled, and built up, and accumulated all
that we have.We have become successful
to some degree, and yet what is it all for?Even young folks believe that they have all the time in the world to
accomplish their goals.They don't.
There are two categories of possessions available to
each one of us in life. There are possessions which will be ours forever, and
possessions that will only be temporary.
God gave us all, three assets with which to invest
during our life - time, volition and doctrine.Everyone has possession of these three things.Most use their time to pursue temporary
things.Some are very successful at it
and most are not.
Then there are those who use their time to pursue
Bible doctrine - learning it, utilizing it, nurturing it so to speak, and they
in turn build up possessions which are permanent within their soul.These possessions last forever and not only
that, but these possessions become the basis for wealth blessings in heaven in
the next life.It is those blessings
that will be with you forever.That
alone makes them phenomenally valuable.More valuable than all of the physical wealth on this planet combined.
Pursue worldly things, and ignore God and your
spiritual life, and you will end up life with nothing, regardless of what you
are able to accumulate in life.
Pursue Bible doctrine and your spiritual life, and no
matter what you otherwise are able to gain in this life, if anything, you will
be guaranteed a phenomenally successful life in eternity.Because eternity depends on your spiritual
possessions not your physical possessions.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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