A Rich Man's Treasure

The upstate NY man was rich in almost every way. His estate was worth millions. He owned houses, land, antiques and cattle. Although on the outside he had it all, he was very unhappy on the inside. His wife was growing old, and the couple was childless. He had always wanted a little boy to carry on the family legacy.

Miraculously, his wife became pregnant in her later years, and she gave birth to a little boy. The boy was severely handicapped, but the man loved him with all his heart. When the boy was five, his mom died. The dad drew closer to his special son. At age 13, the boy's birth defects cost him his life, and the father died soon after from a broken heart.

The estate was auctioned before hundreds of bidders. The first item offered was a painting of the the boy. No one bid. They were waiting like vultures for the riches. Finally, the poor housemaid, who helped raise the boy, offered $5 for the picture and easily took the bid. To everyone's shock, the auctioneer ripped a hand written will from the back of the picture. This is what it said:

"To the person who thinks enough of my son to buy this painting, I give my entire estate."

The auction was over. The greedy crowd walked away in shock and dismay. How many of us have sought what we thought were true riches, only to find out later that our Father was prepared to give us His entire estate if we had only sought His Son alone?

(Shared by Duane E. Berry, and eventually through the Emmaus e-mail list)

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