Recently my husband and I spent two weeks in Asheville, North Carolina. It was there I came "face to face" with two "Giants"! The first one was George Washington Vanderbilt II, a giant in material wealth as illustrated by the Biltmore Estate, the largest single family house measuring over 175,000 square feet filled with priceless art, furniture, and various other material possessions! The manicured gardens and thousands of acres of pristine acreage and woods were equally opulent. It was easy to be in awe of such splendor!
In contrast, just mere miles from the gates to this estate, nestled in the colorful hills of Asheville, sits The Cove, Billy Graham's Training Center. Although he constantly gives God all the glory, Billy Graham is a giant of spiritual wealth. It is here his organization has established a place of learning and growing in God's Word. "Billy described this 1,200 acre sanctuary as a place for impact, intercession, instruction, and inspiration." (2016 Program Guide) In the chapel, where every window, furnishing, and architectural feature point upward to God I was in awe and fell on my knees, not of the physical beauty, which was spectacular, but of God and His love for me!
In life we are given a choice-serve God or the world, striving for material or spiritual wealth. The choice we make determines not only our earthly happiness but our eternal destination. Like Jesus said in Luke 16:13: "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."