What A Man Says
Posted: May 22, 2021
Author: Christopher Brock
Matthew 6:19-21, NIV
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
My father, Pastor Robert William Brock Jr., passed away on April 23rd of this year. On April 29th, I had the blessing and honor of officiating and preaching his funeral. One of the things that my father shared with me before he went to be with the Lord was the story of how he came to know Christ. I had always known he believed in Jesus, but I had never heard the details of how or when we began to believe. As part of the story, he shared a detail that had a profound affect on him and truly began to open his heart to the Lord.
Before becoming a pastor, my father was a successful businessperson in the healthcare industry. He was a hospital executive and because of this position knew all of the other businesspeople in town. There was one man who was known to be a very wealthy and influential person. One day this man died and was taken to the hospital where my father worked. My father went to down to pay his respects and when we entered the room of the hospital where the man was, my dad realized that there was also another man there who had just passed away as well. The other man was identified as being a homeless man with no known relatives. My father stood there looking at these two people. One was wealthy and “successful” and had everything the world says you should have. The other man was homeless and poor and had nothing according to the world standards. Yet, in the end both of these men ended up naked on a slab beside each other waiting to be buried.
This scene shook my father to the core. He began to wonder what life was all about. What was the point of chasing the things of this world if that is truly the end result? Everything the successful man had gained was gone and he was in fact no different than the homeless man. This experience laid the foundation for my father to hear the message of the gospel from a preacher and ultimately accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
My question for you today is this, what are you working for? Nothing you gain in this world can be taken with you. No matter how much you have or how much you achieve, it will all pass away. There is only one thing that can save you and provide meaning for your life, meaning that lasts for all eternity. It is not a thing, or a possession, it is a person, and His name of Jesus Christ. He is the Truth and the Life and there is no other name by which we can be saved. Do not go forward chasing the things of this world, but instead seek the One who can fulfill your every need for all eternity.