You Can Take It With You!

retold by Rod Smith

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Once there was a godly businessman who became very wealthy because God blessed his business. When he learned that he was about to die, he begged God to let him take some of his wealth with him to heaven. God agreed to his request since he had been very generous with his wealth. So the businessman bought a solid gold brick and carried it with him at all times.

When the businessman finally died, he arrived at the Pearly Gates with the gold brick still in his hand. But Saint Peter told him, "Wait a minute. You can't bring anything with you." The businessman explained that he had made a special arrangement with God. After Saint Peter checked with God, he told the businessman, "In your case, you can take it with you! But one question. Why would you want to bring a paving brick?"

The Apostle John describes heaven, the New Jerusalem,
"The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass. I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 21:21-22:5 NIV)

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