Ecclesiastes 5:15 (NLT) We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us.
From the time we are born we begin accumulating things. There are showers given to us before we are even born. At these showers, we are given so many things, clothes, toys, keepsakes.
As we grow up, we just keep accumulating stuff. While we are small, our parents may keep sentimental items. As we become adults, we accumulate homes, vehicles, recreational vehicles, guns, pictures, and anything you want to just keep. We keep some things for memories and some things to help us stay safe.
But is it really ours? Is all these things and stuff really ours?
There are 2 answers to this.
Yes and No.
I’m sure you saying, “What kind of answer is that?” Its the truth.
The stuff is ours for now. We have all these things for a period of time. A period of time that only One Person knows how long it is.
God has given us the opportunity to obtain certain things. God is the one who has given us our gifts and talents in this life. Whether we use these talents to obtain more stuff or to better His kingdom is our choice.
God wants us to enjoy these things here but they are only ours while we are here. Once we die and go to Heaven, we will not take any of this stuff with us. We will leave it all here on Earth.
It’s fine for us to enjoy these things here, but we should not idolize it. We need to always make sure to remember Who is the One who has given us all these things. Even before Jesus, the people tried to idolize things other than the One True God and we see where it got them.
Leviticus 26:1-2 (NLT) “Do not make idols or set up carved images, or sacred pillars, or sculptured stones in your land so you may worship them. I am the Lord your God. You must keep my Sabbath days of rest and show reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord.
Deuteronomy 7:25-26 (NLT) “You must burn their idols in fire, and you must not covet the silver or gold that covers them. You must not take it or it will become a trap to you, for it is detestable to the Lord your God. Do not bring any detestable objects into your home, for then you will be destroyed, just like them. You must utterly detest such things, for they are set apart for destruction.
It’s fine to have these things, but we also need to remember we will not have it forever. We may have it here on Earth, but not in Heaven.
Matthew 6:19-20 (NLT) “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.
So yes these things may be ours for now, but we must remember Who gave them to us and we will not have them forever.