Thousands Of Dollars For A Chest Of Drawers

value of eternity John 12Thousands Of Dollars For A Chest Of Drawers

A few days ago I read this excerpt about a lady who called upon Sotheby’s, the famous British auction company, for help in raising money. R.S. Timewell, the head of Sotheby’s furniture department tells the story:

“Recently an old lady near Cambridge wrote that she wanted to raise two thousand pounds and asked if I would go through her house and see if her furniture would fetch that much. I did, and there was absolutely nothing of value. As I was about to leave I said, ‘Have I seen everything?’ She said I had, except for a maid’s room that she hadn’t bothered to show me. The room had a very fine 18th-century chest that the old lady was using to store blankets in. ‘Your worries are over,’ I told her, ‘if you sell that chest.’ She said, ‘But that’s quite impossible–where will I store my blankets?'” (Zinsser)

When I read that it made me think of a verse from the last post on the book of John. Right after Jesus talks about how unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies it can’t bear fruit, he makes this statement: “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:25)

Another time Jesus phrased the same concept in a different way, he said, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)

I’m sure you see the connection. That lady needed 2,000 pounds (about 2,600 U.S. dollars), and Mr. Timewell from Sotheby’s offered her the solution. Yet she responded that to give up the chest of drawers in her maid’s room was impossible–because she would have no place to store her blankets.

That can be me, and that can be you, when it comes to Jesus. We want eternity in heaven, so we ask God for His mercy. He offers us Jesus, but we don’t want to make room for him. We love to fill the chest of our life with the blankets of our desires. Our desire to make money, or to read, or play video games, or watch Netflix. We value our desires of this world above making room for Jesus in our life. Our response to God is even more irrational than the lady’s response to the man from Sotheby’s.

We know we’re sinners. We know we need a savior. We know Jesus is our hope for gaining eternity.

But we don’t want to give up the place where we store our blankets.


Luke 6:46

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William Zinsser, On Writing WellHarper Perennial, 2012

18th century chest of drawers image via Wikimedia Commons

One Comment on “Thousands Of Dollars For A Chest Of Drawers

  1. Respectfully and more importantly, this reminds me of those Believers in Messiah who don’t want to give up their pagan holidays to replace them with the Creator’s Holy Days which He mentions in Exodus 12:48 & 49, indicating One Law/Torah for all peoples, thus following in Leviticus 23:2,4,&37 and extending through Leviticus 24: 2,14. Even Psalm 119 indicates His Law is FOREVER.
    My heart is for all to know and love the Savior who shouted down His Commandments and gave Moses the Statutes and Ordinances for godly living. No wonder our world is in such a mess.
    We will all stand before our Savior, the only-begotten of the Father and give an account as to why we followed a man called Constantine who murdered his wife and son and took us into Babylonian sun god worship.
    The blankets will do not good for when He returns there will be no place to hide, and no excuse for ignoring His wonderful Feasts for all who claim they KNOW His Son. For His Son became our Model as the One serving to be imitated for He celebrated all of these Feasts/Moed when He was here. Should we not follow along His path?
    To KNOW, KNOW, KNOW HIM, is to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE HIM and OBEY HIM! Dear Brother, Grace doesn’t erase the Board of Heavenly Directors Who set up the rules from the very beginning for IT IS WRITTEN for our admonition.
    We’ve heard the commercial, “What’s in your wallet?”
    What’s in our hearts which lodge in our chests?

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