The Holy man had reached the outskirts of the village and settled down under a tree for the night when a villager came running up to him and said ìThe stone! The stone! Give me the precious stone!î
ìWhat stone?î asked the Holy man.
ìLast night an angel appeared to me in a dreamî said the villager, and told me that if I went to the outskirts of the village at dusk I would find a Holy man who would give me a precious stone and would make me rich for ever.î
The Holy man rummaged in his bag and pulled out a stone. ìHe probably meant this oneî he said, as he handed the stone to the villager. ìI found it on the forest path some days ago, you can certainly have it.î
The man gazed at the stone in wonder. It was a diamond; probably the largest diamond in the whole world, for it was as large as a personís head.
He took the diamond and walked away. All night he tossed about in bed, unable to sleep. Next day at the crack of dawn the villager ran back to the outskirts of the village and woke the Holy man from his sleep. He said ìgive me the wealth that makes it possible for you to give this diamond away so easily.î
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19