Nestled about an hour north of Anchorage, Alaska at about 3,900 feet elevation in the Talkeetna Mountains, is a small mining town called Hatcher’s Pass. Nobody lives in this mining town anymore and hasn’t seen regular inhabitants since the late 1940’s. Robert Hatcher, a prospector and miner, discovered gold in the early 1900’s that led to digging 38 mines and discovering the richest gold reserve in Alaska, mining 141,000 ounces of gold. We got to walk today through the broken down buildings and the rusted gears and power equipment that stood proud and erect over this once thriving mining community. Lives were given for the search for this precious ore, lives spent for gold that these miners thought would last forever. It didn’t. Now 60 years later, I witnessed a vacant town destroyed by severe weather, neglect and decay. There are signs everywhere of what was once a thriving community. What they all worked for so diligently is now gone… lives spent for something that was never meant to last.
Next week, when I return from our vacation to Alaska, I will drive through a thriving, bustling community heading my way, once again to work. The scores of cars that I pass by will be carrying their passengers to another day of servitude to nothing more than present day prospecting and mining. Present day prospectors giving the best part of their lives in hopes of pocketing just a few ounces of precious gold… hoping to store it away for a better day… giving their lives for something that will never last… that will never provide hope, peace, contentment and love. In a not too distant future, someone will walk through the broken down ruins of our fair city and wonder what we all dedicated our lives for. Will it be the almighty dollar, or something far greater? We have a choice to make and the time to make it is now. Will we spend all of our efforts to see how much money we can put in the bank, or will we make a difference in the lives of those around us… who God puts in our path every day… to “make Christ known”? There’s a saying that says, “you can’t take it with you”. The saying is true, with the exception of one thing… the people we bring into the kingdom… we can and will take them with us.
Let’s make the choice today to be prospectors and miners for the kingdom of God… to dedicate our lives to letting others know that God loves them and has a purpose and a plan for them… to show them there is something greater to live for than the fading riches of this world. The kingdom of this world will soon pass away. The kingdom of God will last forever. Let’s be diligent to make him known with each passing day.
Matthew 6:19-21 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Matthew 6:31-33 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
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