As you go through life and give of your time, money, or labor for good and worthy causes, you add a lump of coal to your sack of life.
The poor widow you gave a sack of food to, the visiting Missionary you send money to, or the kindness you give to a dying friend. Each was another lump. So at the end of life, some people have a full sack and some have only a few lumps in their sack.
You carry your sack up to Heaven to stand before God in all His Glory.
On earth you have accepted the Lord as your Savior and have been cleansed by His Blood, or maybe you have gone through life thinking that all you had to do was be a good, charitable person to make it into Heaven.
God in His wisdom will place your sack of coal in a high-pressure furnace to be pressed and heated in the fire. He will then open up the fiery furnace and take out your sack of coal and look at what you have done for Him in your lifetime on earth.
Because all that heat and pressure has burned all the slag and dross from the coal and what is left is a pure diamond, some will have many and some just a few. These will be put into your crown in Glory.
What you have given here on earth, you have sent on to Heaven; and if you are washed in His blood, you will enter into a Heaven you cannot imagine here on earth.
On the other hand, if you are not washed in His Precious blood, your sack of coal, no matter how good, will all be totally consumed by the flames of God’s furnace. You will then be cast into outer darkness for eternity.
If you are saved and washed in the Blood of Jesus, you can take riches with you but only if you give them away.
Every good thing done in the Name of Jesus can be a jewel in your crown – a soul led to Jesus or money sent to a Missionary or anything that leads a soul to being saved. No matter how large or small, the gift – whether it be of time, labor, or money – can be a diamond in your crown.
So, what does your sack contain? Just a lump of coal or a diamond in the rough?
Written by Jack Palmer, Copyright © 5-12-2002. All Rights Reserved.