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Knowing he would die soon, a rich man had all his assets converted into gold bars, put them in a big bag on his bed, draped his body over the bag of gold, and breathed his last. When he woke up, he was at the gate of Heaven.
Saint Peter met him at the gate and with a concerned look on his face said, 'Well, I see you actually managed to get here with something from earth! But unfortunately, you can't bring that in.'
'Oh please, sir,' said the man. 'I must have it. It means everything to me.'
'Sorry, my friend,' said Saint Peter. 'If you want to keep that bag, then I'm afraid you'll have to go to, you know, the other place. You don't want to go there, believe me.'
'Well, I won't part with this bag.'
'Have it your way,' returned Peter. 'But before you go, would you mind if I looked in the bag to see what it is that you're willing to trade eternal life for?'
'Sure,' said the man. 'You'll see. I could never part with this.' Saint Peter looked in the bag and with a puzzled look on his face said to the man, 'You're willing to go to hell for...pavement?'
Where to take it from here...What's coming between you and God? Your money? Your possessions? Your status? Your friends? Your fun? You may be sure that none of it can compare with what God has prepared for you (1 Corinthians 2:9). 'What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?'