The small ingot of gold held in my hand was worth $350,000. Gold bars were stackedÂ from the floor to the ceiling. I was looking at a vast fortune in pure gleaming gold!
In another room I saw an electric furnace which was melting millions of dollarsÂ worth of gold to be poured into moulds. After passing through a detecting machine,Â I walked out of the heavily guarded building with the friend who had made possibleÂ my unique tour of the Canadian Mint in Ottawa, Canada.
A Steal of a Deal
The United States has made a few astounding purchases with its money. In 1803,Â President Jefferson purchased 885,000 square miles of what is now known as LouisianaÂ from France for a mere 15 million dollars. In March of 1857, the USA made an evenÂ better deal with Russia when it purchased Alaska for only 7.2 million dollars! So largeÂ was Alaska that it increased the land area of the entire nation by one-fifth!
What Money Cannot Buy
Money can buy a bed, but not sleep; books, but not brains; food, but not an appetite;Â finery, but not beauty; a house, but not a home; medicine, but not health; luxuries, butÂ not culture; amusements, but not happiness; a crucifix, but not a Saviour; a churchÂ pew, but not Heaven.
You can never pay for your salvation by being religious, honest, or zealous ofÂ what is right. Eternal life is a gift, and cannot be purchased by human effort orÂ wealth. God speaks about salvation (eternal life) in these terms. â€œThe gift of GodÂ is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lordâ€ (Romans 6:23). Possessors of Godâ€™sÂ salvation are reminded: â€œYe were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silverÂ and goldâ€¦but with the precious blood of Christâ€ (1 Peter 1:18, 19).
The Lord Jesus Christ bore Godâ€™s punishment for sin by shedding His blood on theÂ cross. When full payment was made He cried, â€œIt is nishedâ€ (John 19:30). It is onlyÂ when we believe that the Lord Jesus took the punishment for our sin and receive HimÂ as our Saviour that we become sons of God and possessors of Godâ€™s eternal salvation.Â There is nothing left for you to do but to trust Him. The Word of God assures us thatÂ â€œAs many as received Him (the Lord Jesus Christ), to them gave He power to become theÂ sons of God, even to them that believe on His nameâ€ (John 1:12). Will you do it today?
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