What to Leave Behind

Posted by John Hopler on

When you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments. - 2 Timothy 4:13

Paul at the end of his life makes a simple request: “Bring the cloak and the parchments.” We do not know for sure what the parchments were. But probably they were writings of Scripture. And as for his request for his cloak—Paul probably did not have many earthly possessions. But he did have treasures in heaven.

This reminds me of the words spoken by author Leonard Ravenhill about John Wesley: “John died in 1791, converted at 35. Turn that round it makes 53. Add them together it makes 88. Because he was saved at 35, he preached for 53 years. And you know what he left when he died? He left a handful of books, a faded Geneva gown that he preached in all over England, six silver spoons somebody gave him, six pound notes, ‘give one to each of the poor men that carry me to my grave.’ And that’s all he left: six pound notes, six silver spoons, a handful of books, a Geneva gown and ah . . . there’s something else . . . what was it, the other thing? Oh, I know, something else he left, the Methodist Church.

He could have died as rich as your famous TV preacher Sunday. Sure he made money, and he built orphanages. Sure he made money, he printed bibles. Sure he made money. He compiled, with Charles, the Methodist hymnbook and look at his orphanages. And he died worth about thirty dollars.     He printed bibles. He printed hymnbooks. He financed missionaries to go across the earth. That’s the way to use your money. You think of the reward. Why, in God’s name, do you think it says don’t lay up treasure on earth? Lay up treasure in heaven.”

John Wesley left behind people who loved Jesus—and not much else. And so did Paul. What do you want to leave behind when you die?

Submitted by:
John Hopler
Great Commission Churches
Columbus, Ohio

One-Year Bible Reading
Genesis 24:52-26:16
Matthew 8:18-34
Psalm 10:1-15
Proverbs 3:7-8

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