One of the highlights of our vacation was a visit to the Transportation Museum in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.  Among the artifacts from the construction of the Alaska Highway in the 1940’s, and the age of steamboats on the Yukon River during the first half of the 20th Century, were a few photos and items from the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890’s.  Though I have read a good deal about this era, seeing the representations reminded me of some spiritual applications.

When news of a gold strike reached the states, whole families traveled north, through tortuous conditions, just in the hope of having a better life.  Most went home disappointed.  Aren’t you glad that, as Christians, our gold is guaranteed and forever?  And don’t you wish more people would diligently seek the One Who is, and is the rewarder of those who seek Him?

Many prospectors traveled north over the Chilkoot Pass, with hundreds of steps carved into the ice-covered incline, in the hopes of having a chance to look for gold.  However, a requirement established for public health dictated that each person bring 2,000 lbs. of supplies–requiring about 20 trips up and down that steep pass in order just to qualify for the inspection to allow them into the region.  Many pack animals couldn’t survive the trip (hence “Dead Horse Pass”) and dozens if not hundreds of men failed in their attempts to reach the “promised land”.

Aren’t you glad that we don’t have to amass and carry a ton of good works in order to enter God’s presence?  “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God–not of works–lest any man should boast.”  If we know Christ, the way has been made smooth, our tickets are prepaid, and one day the Great Conductor will arrive in that Glory Train to take us to the place where gold is pavement and the Lord is the true Treasure!

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