A stingy old fellow who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness was determined to take his money with him to heaven.
He instructed his wife to take his money out of the bank and fill up two pillow cases and to put those pillow cases in the attic, directly above his bed.
That way, when he died, he reasoned he could grab the money on his way up to heaven.
After the funeral, the man’s wife went into the attic, and there were the pillow cases, still stuffed with cash.
“Oh, that crazy old fool,” she said, “I knew he should have had me put the money in the basement.”
The one thing we truly want to be sure about is whether we’ll pass through the attic or the basement when we head out into eternity.
Jesus said that’s a simple matter: “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).
So many people in this world make accumulating money their chief concern. They can become so focused on filling their bank accounts that they forget their need to build their heavenly treasures.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matt. 6: 19-20).
Those well-known verses are a simple reminder that we shouldn’t focus so intently on accumulating money that we neglect spiritual matters.
Another scripture verse warns that: “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10).
A friend of mine told me a joke here while back about a rich man who filled a briefcase with gold in hopes of taking it along with him to heaven. When he died, he showed up at the pearly gates with his briefcase. St. Peter checked the contents and laughed: “You brought pavement!”
The fact of the matter is the goods of this world do not begin to compare to what awaits us in heaven. So, we should focus far less on accumulating treasures on earth and far more on our need to be in right standing with God.
While some people may try to complicate this matter, the truth is nothing can be any easier than getting right with God. It’s as easy as calling on the name of the Lord, asking Him to forgive your sins and pledging your life to Him.
If you’ll sincerely ask, then He’ll sincerely save you. And from that point on, you won’t have any questions about whether you’ll leave this world through the attic or the basement.
Roger Alford is a Southern Baptist writer and speaker. Reach him at [email protected]