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It is a Road Map for a Humble Soul
“Rely not on your wealth; say not, ‘I have the power…” (Sirach 5:1). Thus begins an eight verse wisdom treatise on the danger of the sin of presumption. It is a powerful read and a mighty admonition to us who desire to walk in the ways of the Lord. It is a road map for a humble soul. It is a matter of pride, foolish pride, to think that because I have wealth I have the power to do what I want to do in this world. This foolishness is the product of thinking only in earthly terms. In earthly terms one certainly has power, in the finite, material sense of that word. But it has no power to get one into heaven. It’s power only goes as far as the grave. The powerful medieval Christian morality play “Everyman” reveals truth when the main character Everyman is confronted by the character Death who has come to take him to his reckoning before God. Everyman, who up to the moment Death arrives, has been, “living without dread in worldly prosperity” now desperately tries to bribe Death with his wealth. He attempts to get Death to hold off, to give him more time to get his soul straight with God, saying, “Yet of my good will I give thee, if thou will be kind, Yea, a thousand pound shalt thou have, and defer this matter till another day.” He finds out that all of his money has no power here at all. In the end, the moral lesson of this Christian play is that all we can take with us is our good, or our bad deeds. We are to honor and love God above all things, and we do this by keeping his commandments and by willingly and humbly doing his…