50 Come, my brethren, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come buy and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.
51 Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.
A conversation that I had with a friend about priorities and what things in life truly are essential reminded me of these verses that I read a couple days ago, so I decided that I would come back and write a bit more about them.
I love how Jacob contrasts things of eternal worth (namely the Atonement of Jesus Christ) with those things of no worth. We live in a world where we are told that everything can be bought for money. But there are somethings money cannot by. Indeed, the most important thing of all is an utterly free gift from God. And other things of eternal value such as an eternal companionship, or children, likewise cannot have a price put on them.
I also love the promise that as we come to Christ our soul can delight in fatness. Being a disciple doesn’t mean we can afford the richest things of the world. But it does mean that we can receive the richest and choicest spiritual fruits. And such blessings are priceless and far more valuable than the greatest things the world can offer.
Jacob notes that not only can we spend our money in vain, but we can also waste our labor in vain. We should always ask ourselves whether we are expanding our energy towards those things that are actually help us to reach our eternal destination. Otherwise, we are going to eventually be held accountable for our failure to use our time wisely.