Funny stories abound regarding people on their death-beds who try to figure out how to “beat the system” and take their riches with them to the afterlife.  Of course, Jesus sets us straight on the matter in Matthew 6:19-21,”Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

I thought you might enjoy this version, borrowed from www.MikeysFunnies.com….

There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and he wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him.

An angel hears his plea and appears to him, "Sorry, but you can't take your wealth with you."

The man implores the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules, just this one time.

The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him. The angel reappears and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and fills it with pure gold bars and places it beside his bed.

Soon afterward the man dies and shows up at the Gates of Heaven, where he meets the apostle Peter. Seeing the suitcase Peter says, "Hold on, you can't bring that in here!"

But the man explains to him that he has permission and asks him to verify his story with the Lord. Sure enough, Peter checks and comes back saying, "You're right. You are allowed one carry-on bag, but I'm supposed to check its contents before letting it through."

Peter opens the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man found too precious to leave behind and laughs out loud, "You brought pavement?!?!"

The things we have been convinced are to be desired in this life will be worthless and useless in eternity.  “Do not love the world or the things in the world...And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)

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