The Christian Race & Other Sermons
greater things could our Lord bestow upon His people? Health and riches
and honour and pleasures, houses and lands, and wives and children,
what are they? how long do they last?—it is but threescore years and
ten, and we must leave them all, and six paces of the vilest earth is
room enough for us. Naked came we into the world, and naked must we
return unto the dust, and carry nothing with us. Where is the difference
between the rich and the poor in death? They both go unto one and the
same place; the worm feeds sweetly on them both; it is but a short time,
and you would not be able to distinguish between their bones. But if
the poor man sleeps in Jesus, while the rich man dies in his sins, oh,
what a mighty gulf then is between them! The rich will take up his abode
in that fire which is never quenched; the poor will awake to find he
has an everlasting treasure in heaven, even eternal life. Eternal life!
compared to which this world’s concerns, weighty and important as they
seem, are like a drop of water.