“That same day King Xerxes gave Queen Esther the estate of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came into the presence of the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her. The king took off his signet ring, which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed him over Haman’s estate.” NIV 

I believe Corrie Ten Boom said something like this: ‘We need to hold lightly to everything we have because it hurts if God has to prize our fingers away.’

Haman would have turned in his grave if he’d known what had happened to his ‘’estate’’ – to the things he valued. Talk about adding insult to injury. To think that it would go to two of the people he hated and wanted to destroy.

Two ladies were talking about a rich man who had recently died. One asked, ‘How much did he leave?’ ‘Everything’, the other replied.

There is no truer fact than this: you can’t take it with you. That said, you can send it on ahead of you. Jesus talked about laying up treasure in heaven. If we steward our resources wisely, seeking to use them under God’s direction, there is a sense in which we can send them before us, even though we can’t take them with us.

Emulating John Wesley, let’s seek to do all the good we can to all the people we can in every way we can for as long as we can – using the things God has entrusted to us.

PRAYER: Lord, I thank you that I am richly blessed. I do not deserve all of this goodness you have bestowed upon me. Teach me to be generous, to share, and to use everything you have entrusted to me in ways which please and glorify you.