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Four Wives title

There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives.  He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies.  He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best.

He also loved the 3rd wife very much.  He was very proud of her and always wanted to show her off to his friends.  However, he lived in great fear that she might run away with some other man.

He too, loved his 2nd wife,  a very considerate person,  always patient and in fact was the merchant's confidante.  Whenever the merchant faced some problems, he always turned to his 2nd wife and she would always help him out and tide him through difficult times. 

Now, the merchant's 1st wife was a very loyal partner who made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business as well as taking care of the household.   However, the merchant did not love the first wife and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.

One day, the merchant fell ill.  Before long, he knew that he was going to die soon.  He thought of his luxurious life and told himself,  "Now I have 4 wives with me.  But when I die, I'll be alone. How lonely I'll be!"

Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I loved you most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered  great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?" 

"No way!" replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word.  The answer cut like sharp knife right into the merchant's heart. 

The sad merchant then asked the 3rd wife, "I have loved you so much for all my life.  Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"

"No!" replied the 3rd wife. "Life is so good over here! I'm going to remarry when you die!"  The merchant's heart sank and turned cold. 

He then asked the 2nd wife, "I always turned to you for help and you've always helped me out.  Now I need your help again. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?" 

"I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!" replied the 2nd wife. "At the very most,  I can only send you to your grave."  The answer came like a bolt of thunder and the merchant was devastated. 

Then a voice called out : "I'll leave with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go." 

The merchant looked up and there was his first wife. 
She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from malnutrition. 

Greatly grieved, the merchant said, "I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!" 

Actually, we all have 4 wives in our lives... 

The 4th wife is our body. 
No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it'll leave us when we die. 

Our 3rd wife? Our possessions, status and wealth. When we die, they all go to others. 

The 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how close they had been there for us when we're alive,  the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave. 

The 1st wife is in fact our spirit, often neglected in our pursuit of material wealth and sensual pleasure.  Guess what? It is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go. 

I heard a minister once say that life is kind of like the board game Monopoly.  He went on to say that just like the board game we go through life accumulating things and material wealth, but when the game is over, everything will go back into the box. 
It is the same thing with us;  People go through life killing themselves to live a great life and to show they have "made it in life", but they are spiritually dead and empty inside. 

Please remember that while it is nice for us to have the good things in life; these things will not be with us in eternity. Only what has been done for the Lord will follow us (1 Cor. 3:13-15), and that is the ultimate reward we can ever hope for when we meet the Lord on that glorious day. 




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