You Can't Take it With You
You may know the story of King Solomon who succeeded King David as ruler over the united kingdom of Israel. God appeared to a young Solomon and asked him what he wanted. Solomon chose wisdom over riches or fame and God rewarded him for his choice.
God rewarded Solomon so generously that he became the wisest and richest man of all time. His excesses were legendary. He amassed gold, silver and precious gems; slaves, chariots and horses. He even had hundreds of wives on whom he lavishly spent his riches.
The entire world was awed by his opulence.
Centuries earlier, Moses had written the following words:
"You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth." Deut 8:18
Solomon's life went downhill when he forgot or willfully decided to ignore that it was God who had given him his great wealth.
He turned away from God and it not only tainted his legacy, it had repercussions for his son and for every king that would follow him. Within five years of his son taking over the throne, his kingdom was invaded and looted by Egypt.
The Egyptians took away all of the treasures that Solomon had piled up and passed down to his son. In one military campaign, all of Solomon's vast fortune was gone!
Wealth isn't meant to be piled up and admired. It's meant to be put back into the service of God and of people.
Without placing some purpose on your possessions, you may just be piling them up for someone else to enjoy.
That's why the Bible encourages us to be cheerful givers. Be generous while you are able.
You can't take it with you.
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