ALEXANDER’S LESSON

Yesterday, Bunmi and I attended the burial ceremony of a wealthy woman, Madam Olorunsogo. During the funeral service, someone asked in a half whisper how much she had left.
‘Hmmmm. She left everything!’, Someone replied. I smiled.

Last week, I bought a book, The Last Wishes of Alexander the Great, from The Booksellers. Amazing book.
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On his death bed, Alexander (Greek King of Ancient Maccedon) summoned his Generals and told them his three ultimate wishes:
1) The best doctors should carry his coffin
2) The wealth he had accumulated should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery and
3) His hands should be let loose, hanging outside the coffin for all to see
One of the Generals who was surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain.
Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:
I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that in the face of death even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal.
I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth stays on earth.
I want my hands to swing in the wind so that people understand that we come into this world empty handed and we leave this world empty handed.
Death is a subject many people do not want to discuss but it is one of those inevitable things that must be confronted- like it or not.
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As much as some men would think that they can ‘cheat’ death, they cannot. There is no fountain of youth or anti-aging pill to extend life. There is no scientific means of preventing death. NOTHING. Let’s just face reality and spend our time preparing for it.
Paul wasn’t wrong to advice us to set our minds on things that are above, not things that are on earth (Colossians 3:2).
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If we cannot live forever, if we cannot take our earthly possessions with us when we die, and if we cannot return to this earth after we die, for what possible reason would we spend our entire lives in the pursuit of earthly things- power, positions and possessions.
1 Timothy 6:6-10 sums it up. Godliness with contentment is great gain. I would not exchange anything of this absolute greatness for the relative greatness that this world brags about. Contentment does not come from poverty and I am not commending poverty itself, but a simplicity of lifestyle compatible with human dignity.
We leave everything behind. That is the perspective that should influence us if we are gripped by it- and we should be. It does not matter how long I live, short or long, but when I die I will live my possessions behind. They are all baggage of time. They are not the stuff of eternity. So travel light.
These days, I choose to view the world with little real interest. I do know that I will one day die, and though I do not wish it, I have come to accept it.
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I try to see every day as my last. Every day, I try to be kinder and more compassionate. Every day, I try to be a better person and to be less desiring, less hating and less judging of others. This is the way I have chosen to live. This is the lesson I choose to learn from Alexander.
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If peace and plenty crown my days
They help me, Lord, to speak thy praise.
If bread of sorrows be my food,
These sorrows work my lasting good.
Godliness with contentment is great gain.
This is the day that the Lord had made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it.

About Ezar

I'm in love with my dreams, married to success and having an affair with life ;) I live for the moments you can't put into words and I dont look back...unless there's a good view.

Posted on September 27, 2014, in Dear Jesus and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 63 Comments.

  1. Truly, we live with so many things that mean so much to us that you would think you could take them with you. Sometimes this is our money, or cars, or flat screen TVs, or IPods and IPads, or the newest tractor in the county. We say that we love God and live for God and love our neighbors, but don’t we really love our money and our stuff a whole bunch. We say that money makes an excellent servant but a terrible master. How true. Few would argue the point, but if you substitute work or success or security for the word money, perhaps we hedge a little more. For a book that is about God and his people, the Bible sure talks a lot about money and wealth. It seems that unto themselves, money and wealth are neither good nor evil. But who can leave them alone. Desire for money, riches, and wealth can creep up on a person and suddenly govern the heart and mind. Paul tells us that if we have food and clothing, we should be content for when the desire to be rich hits us, we embark upon a journey to destruction.

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  2. And in the midst of these earthly pursuits we often forget about God. There is certainly no eternal value in living our lives for ourselves, looking to get out of life all that we can, as the world system would have us believe.

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  3. Nothing in this life can be guaranteed. This applies not only to consumer goods but to the most precious of our possessions, that even over our marriages themselves, and all the delights of family relationships – the love of husband for wife and of sister for sister – even over those there lies the great and solemn inscription – “till death us do part.” There is no way that we can frame our lives and set up security guards, even by Fort Knox standards, and ensure that anything will be permanent. If the objects are physical then physical forces will destroy them. If the objects are personal then that last enemy that severs all personal relationships will destroy them. So the first way to learn contentment is to accept the transitoriness of all earthly possessions. If I lose everything, so what? I did not live for those things. I live for God.

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  4. What matters in life is not what we have, but what we become. We can sit on thrones of power and position but may not be able to sleep in bed. We can bask in the sunshine of worldly comforts but writhe in the shadows of pain. Jesus does not condemn wealth or ambition to work for the things in life we need, but stresses on the priority of spiritual treasures over material. Welldone, Ezar. A Big Thanks for the Sunday school manuals you prepared for me. The kids loved them.

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  5. Truly Ezar. Funerals are a great celebration of life but they are also a reminder of our own mortality. None of us know how long we’ll be here on this earth. Chuks, welcome back :d

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  6. Ezar our modern-day world is filled with many influences that can steer us in the wrong direction and create peer pressures or desires that are not in line with living a Godly and holy life. What does a successful life look like? Should success and balance go hand in hand? There are many stories told of “successful” individuals but many times we later find out those same individuals have serious problems in other parts of their life. So what image of success can we trust? A Completely Balanced Life incorporates principles found in God’s word with simple basic principles that act as a reminder of what we should focus on at any moment of decision.

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  7. Today, it is ingrained in us more and more to be careless, or to have a callous indifference about anything other than ourselves, to be, perhaps, rash in our speech or conduct or thoughts, and to live our life as we want. This godly resolve is saying, I don’t want to live my life as I want. I don’t want to live my life without thought as I stand before God. But I want my life to be consistent with the Word of God, to be consistent with my confession as a child of God.

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  8. Lessons learnt:
    Your good health is in your own hands, look after it.
    Wealth is only meaningful if you can enjoy while you are still alive and kicking.
    What you do for yourself dies with you but what you do for others, lives on. It is called “Legacy.”

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  9. What a revelation. I hope he (Alexander) went to heaven after this deep request.

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  10. Thank you for this message, Dumebi. May God help me to live right and be a better person.

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  11. Hmmmmmm, what an inspiring post. I pray the will of God and the lessons of Alexander be effective in my life.well done aunty Ezar!

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  12. @Chuks….the Bible is ‘the’ Book,not a book…The Book of books!

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  13. Ezar,good post.Humans hardly write or talk about death,but it is stark reality…d door we must pass through unless there is rapture.

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  14. King Solo was right..All is Vanity.He had the taste of all,but at d end of life he gave a final conclusion..Fear God and Keep His Commandments.The fear of God is d beginning of wisdom.

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  15. I wonder why we like Ananias/Sapphira(Acts 5),have chosen to cling to mammom.Today,many Christians still rob God of His tenth(tithe),nd shortchange Him through our offering.Do we know dat there is a Heavenly account( Philipians4:17)?We pay in so little nd want to withdraw millions.Where is our treasure…Heaven or Earth?There will be surprises in Heaven….the widow’s mite will count in eternity.

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  16. The rich fool thot he had his life planned out,with so much around him to last a lifetime until God took his life.God said dat He was not rich towards Him(Luke 12:13-30).How many of us are rich towards God?We should always rem.dat a man’s life does not consist in d abundance of what he has.

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  17. Many of us do not have eternity in view,nd so spend our temporal life chasing things that does not have eternal value.

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  18. My late sister was very intelligent.Her certificates are now worthless nd cannot be used by her husband or children.In trying to acquire all d degrees in this world,we should have time to serve God.Rem we can’t take our certificates to Heaven,neither are we going to be addressed by our professional titles.They are ephemereal.Our stewardship to God is what will count on d day of reckoning.

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  19. Thanks Ezzy for this GREAT message! As Christians, we ought to ask God for a revelation of eternity. It sure makes a lot of difference in the way we view our earthly possessions and achievements.

    My dad was a successful man in all facet of his life. Loving, Intelligent, Hardworking……I could go on and on! He had an amazing character and was soft-spoken, which made me joke with my mum that I’d marry him ( Don’t crucify me….. was just a little girl in love with her daddy :-)). Anyways despite the praises and accolades from men, God was still not impressed but Jesus remained his advocate. I must add that MERCY in our Christian race is one of the best gifts we can ever receive from God and also give to others. The bible tells us that God will have mercy on whoever he wants to. Is He being partial? Definitely NO because the bible says blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. My dad was a merciful man and God indeed showed him mercy. He had an encounter with the Lord and it turned his life around completely. His wealth, achievements and zeal were channeled to the growth of God’s kingdom. God called him home when he had set his mind on things above. He left his family & everything he achieved in his lifetime but his work in God ‘s kingdom still speaks greatly. That’s what really counts in life!

    Every new day is an opportunity to make things right… EMBRACE GOD’S MERCY BECAUSE WE LIVE, MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING IN HIM.

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  20. Alexander’s lesson is for this rat-race generation.What will it profit a man to gain d whole world nd lose his soul?What can he give in exchange for his soul….money,fame?The things of d world are for d world,nd ends here on earth.Likewise d things of heaven are for heaven,nd continues throughout eternity.

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  21. Having eternity in view is d grace dat wuld enable to live without attachment to d world nd d things of d world.There will be rewards nd losses wen we are called to give an account of our stewardship on earth.

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  22. When i read through d Acts of Apostles nd saw d sacrifices dat d apostles + Paul made to spread d gospel,we have no excuse.In Acts 20,Paul had to trek from Troas to Assos,while d travelling companions travelled by ship to wait for him(v13).They deserve to sit on thrones.

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  23. Its only a great passion for our Lord Jesus dat motivates a disciple to take great risks nd to do great exploits for d Lord.If He is ur treasure,then He has ur heart…ur spirit,soul nd body.

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  24. Bro Paul said..For me to live is Christ,nd to die is gain(philippian 1:21),How can some christians think of Heaven wen they associate Heaven with death?How many will want to die for Christ?We love d world so much dat we wuld prefer to stay back in this world than to catch a glimpse of Heaven with all d glory.How we love d world so much,much more than to behold our Jesus in all His glory!

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  25. That’s true.I hardly see any Christian dat desires to go to Heaven through death,to see d gloryland nd live in d prepared mansion….even if it’s d will of God for some people.We are still very earthy.

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  26. May d gracious Lord enable us to set our affections on Heavenly things,nd not on the earthly things of life.

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  27. Abraham lived in ‘tents’as a pilgrim b/c he looked forward to living in a city whose Builder nd Maker is God.The world was not his home!

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  28. Some of these great leaders of old are philosophical about life.I hope they made heaven….through faith alone in d finished work of Christ.

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  29. Nebuchadnezzar,from his testimony in Daniel 4,must have made Heaven.Dat was a great testimony by a great king,who had a great encounter with d KING OF KINGS!

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  30. The world we live in is so selfish….GET ALL THAT YOU CAN,AND CAN ALL THAT YOU GET!!!

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  31. But my Jesus’view is always d opposite…”It is more blessed to give than to receive!”HALLELUYAH!!!

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  32. While many Nigerians including our youths are living below poverty level,our politicians are ‘canning’d commonwealth of Nigeria for their children nd children’s children.What a generation of wicked rulers!May d Lord reward them according to their deeds.

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  33. Amenooooooooooooooooooooo!

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  34. Some of them in order to bribe God or perhaps soothe their seared conscience,build a Church for God in their name….they are never silent donors!

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  35. Hahahaha…but God cannot be mocked.Definitely,they will vomit what they swallowed(Job20:15).Some call it nemesis,nd some karma,but believers call it d Law of sowing nd reaping!

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  36. We can also call it seedtime nd harvest time…as the earth remains,it will not cease(Gen8:22).

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  37. How can man be so stingy nd daring to rob God His tenth.Out of His benevolent heart,He gave us nine portions nd told us to give Him just one portion.Dat one portion is hard for God-robbers.What if He demanded nine?How many will still be bringing their tithe?

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  38. Na waooooooo.Truly,we cannot serve God nd Mammon.Our allegiance must be absolute…the FIRST PICK,the FIRSTFRUIT,the FIRST TENTH……

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  39. Na waooooooo.Truly,we cannot serve God nd Mammon.Our allegiance must be absolute…the FIRST PICK,the FIRSTFRUIT,the FIRST TENTH…

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  40. A time will come wen some Christians who suppress d truth will be given up by God to do their own thing(Roman1:18-32).The Spirit of God will not always strive with man(Gen6:3).Homosexuality will become their reward….We should be very careful or we grieve d Holy Spirit by our wrong attitude towards money nd d Word of God.

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  41. I get so worried of how some of d ministers of God reproach d name of d Lord through their flaunt of riches…..some have not reached out to their Jerusalem(rural areas of Nigeria),nd are now in d four ends of d world where there is a harvest of hard currency(ego igwe).God will judge our motives.

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  42. the blessing of God enriches without sorrow.One of our Jet pastors is now involved in a nasty arms deal/money laundering scam.A birthday gift dat has brought sorrow not only to believers,but to d Kingdom of God.

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  43. Cheiiiii.Had he known,he wouldnt have accepted d gift.The devil gives u a gift with one hand nd takes it back with d other hand.

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  44. Men of God should learn to be in the Spirit in order to accept or reject a gift.All dat glitters is not gold,but a trap to ensnare for destruction.Watch Out!

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  45. Having money legitimately is not a sin.What is sin is d LOVE for money(mammom)….u cannot love two masters.Its either u love one nd hate d other.

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  46. My husband is a preacher of d word who has always loved money even before he gave his live to Christ.This is affecting his financial stewardship.He is a God-robber.He not only robs God of His tithe,but doesn’t give offering as God has prospered him.However,if he is called to make public donations,he will announce a big amt of money dat he ‘knows’he will not redeem.He must be bound by d spirit of mammon.He is quick to tell me dat he has not received d grace to give.May God give him dat grace…..a preacher of d Word?

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  47. @miriam….such Christians like ur husband wouldnt mind spending dat money on frivolous things,except d things of God.Mammon is anti-Christ.I prescribe a ‘dose of deliverance’ for such Christians.

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  48. I have noticed dat a stingy person is also stingy after being born again.Will i call it a weakness or a habit or demonic possession?Doesn’t d scripture 2 Corinth5:17 apply to them?

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  49. The scripture 2 corinth 5:17 applies to every believer.Some are delivered immediately after d new birth,while some will renew their mind with d Word of God in dat area of weakness before they can overcome it.Our spiritual growth is a process.With time our character is ‘processed’ as we get ourselves exposed to d Word of God,to conform to d image of our Lord Jesus.

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  50. I heard a story dat happened in Nigeria.A Governors wife was buried wearing her gold trinket.Thieves came in d night,dug her up,stole d trinket nd abandoned d body.We come empty nd will return empty.Dat was a spiritual law they chose to break,nd they reaped d consequence.

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