October 3, 2022

Ecclesiastes Chapter 5 – We Can’t Take Money With Us When We Die

Solomon reminds us of a very important truth regarding wealth & poses the question; what good is money when you can’t take it with you when you die:

Ecc 5:15  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.

Ecc 5:16  And this, too, is a very serious problem. People leave this world no better off than when they came. All their hard work is for nothing—like working for the wind.

In the scope of eternity, we remember what Jesus says, what profit is for a man to gain the whole world, but lose his soul?

There’s also the time when Jesus said to the rich young man who wanted to get into heaven, “sell all your properties and give it to the poor”, the rich man couldn’t bring himself to do part with his goods.  The rich man’s love of his wealth was greater than his love for Jesus because he was unable to obey Jesus.

We should point out that Jesus isn’t telling us to do this very thing, but we should count the cost of our discipleship.  Do we love our own stuff just as much as the rich man loved his assets?  The materialistic world we live in makes this a very easy trap to fall into.

Christ reminds us, you can’t have both, God and money.  We will love one and hate the other, and as Solomon says, you can’t take money with you when you die, but Christ’s kingdom is forever.


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