A Heap of Dust
Years ago a travelling Russian bought a very large pearl from an Arab trader. Neither had any idea of its value. When he reached St. Petersburg he showed it to a man who offered him a substantial profit on his purchase. It’s new owner had indeed secured a prize, and kept it in a strong box on a marble table. People came from all over to see it including the Tsar who offered him wealth and rank in exchange, but he refused.
Then came trouble. He was accused of being involved in a plot and fled to Paris with his treasure. There he declined to show the pearl to anyone. At length yielding to urgent requests, he fixed a day for exhibiting it to a select company of bankers and traders of gems. When he opened the box his face turned deathly pale. The pearl was found to be badly diseased, and soon it crumbled to powder. His immense fortune was a heap of dust.
The Bibles warns, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul” (Mark 8:36)? What are you resting your eternity on? Is there something keeping you from coming to Christ? It will not be worth it. The treasures of this world are just a heap of dust.