Once, my wife and I and some friends went to visit Australia to share our precious Lord with some believers in the cities of Perth and Melbourne (Ballarat). While we were in Ballarat we visited some of the old gold mines left from their gold rush in the 1850s. Of course, they had a tour and so we took it. We actually went down under ground into the mines to see what the miners experienced when when they dug for gold. It absolutely amazed me how much these men had sacrificed with the hopes of “striking it rich” way down there in the mines. It was definitely not a pleasant situation. It was dark and cold and many times there would be a collapse of the caves and many would die. The air was thin and everyone down there was out to make it rich for themselves and their families. Basically, they sacrificed their very lives in the hopes of finding some gold. Most of them never did. Many of them died in the attempt. Many families up on the surface lost sons, husbands, fathers, and brothers. And for what? Some rocks that had some very shiny metal inside!
While I was listening to this story being told by the tour guide I realized something. People will do all kinds of crazy things to make it rich. They will even risk their lives to hit the big one. They will travel all over the world, go to extreme risk and expense to find some hope of making the big time and striking it rich.
But how many will sacrifice their lives for the True riches?
“This grace was given to me, I being less than the least of all the saints, to preach the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ among the nations, and to bring to light all, what is the fellowship of the mystery having been hidden from eternity in God, the One creating all things through Jesus Christ” (Eph 3:8,9)
Brothers and sisters, I can tell you without any doubt that this “mining” for the true riches of Christ will cost you. What will it cost, you may ask? Time? Money? Effort? Family? Convenience? Leisure? No, not at all. It will not cost you any of those things. It will only cost you one thing…
“And He said to all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily. And let him follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life, he will lose it. But whoever loses his life for My sake, this one will save it.” (Luke 9:23,24)