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
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?"
way!" replied the 4th wife and she walked away
without another word.
answer cut like sharp knife right into the merchant's
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
replied the 3rd wife. "Life is so good over here!
I'm going to remarry when you die!"
merchant's heart sank and turned cold.
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?"
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."
answer came like a bolt of thunder and the merchant was
Then a voice called out : "I'll leave with you.
I'll follow you no matter where you go."
merchant looked up and there was his first wife.
She was so skinny, almost like she suffered from
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...
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.