You Can’t Take It With You (Day 42 1Timothy 6:7 NET)

“For we have brought nothing into this world and so we cannot take a single thing out either.” (1Timothy 6:7 NET)

We labor and strive so intensely each day of the week hour after hour trying to earn wealth only to be reminded that in the end all we accumulated will remain behind and be of no use for us in eternity.  Some have taken the passage above as a mandate to forsake all human efforts to earn money, this however is foolish and was not the intent of Paul’s heart in penning these words.  Certainly we all have to pay our bills, eat food, put gas in our vehicles, and use money for other necessary and vital things each day.  The encouragement for us in these verses is not that we should never work or attempt to earn money.  Rather it is that we should never under any circumstances let money rule over us and take charge of our lives.  Why spend a lifetime accumulating things?  Why not use what God has given you to bless others now while you are still alive?  Saving is a biblical principle that all Christians should embrace, however hording is a demonic principle that all believers should quickly retreat from.  Personally I don’t know how much is too much nor do I claim to have a certain dollar amount that is the threshold between saving and hording.  It is my opinion that you know whether you are hording or saving God’s money.  You know if you are being a good steward or not.  You know through your relationship with God if He is calling you to give more or less.  You know what you are suppose to do the question is will you do it?  Paul told us in his first letter to the church in Corinth that there were only three things we experience here on earth that are indeed eternal.  They are faith, hope, and love, he said the greatest of these was love.  Money and wealth is not on the list because it is in not eternal, we really can’t take a single dime with us when we go.  Our world would be radically different if we spent as much time building our faith, hope, and love as we do earning, and saving our money.

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About Pastor Pete

Pete is the senior Pastor of Cowboy Fellowship in Pleasanton Texas. He is also the author of The Absolute Basics of Christianity, The Living Lamp, and a co-author of The Modern Day Disciple Bible Study series.
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One Response to You Can’t Take It With You (Day 42 1Timothy 6:7 NET)

  1. Royce Hart says:

    Yes and amen. I’ve known folks who had it all – and later, lost it all. If anything, great material wealth, horded to one’s own harm, correlates with greater misery. There are a lot of rich poor people… and poor rich people.

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