What fruit had you then in those things whereof you are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
The worldly spirit makes possession the object of life. Christ makes being, character, the object. The world asks, "What do you possess?" God asks, "What are you?" A gentleman once said to a wicked man, "You do not look as if you had prospered by your wickedness." "I have not prospered at it," cried the man. "With half the time and energy I have spent I might have been a man of property and character. But I am a homeless wretch; twice I have been in State prison. I have made acquaintance with all sorts of miseries; but I tell you, my worst punishment is in being what I am." Without doubt it would be delightful to have the possessions of an angel, but it would be ten thousand times better to be an angel. Not what have I, but what am I? not what shall I gain, but what shall I be? is the true question of life.
Parallel VersesKJV: What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.