Contentment and death



“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1Ti 6:6,7).


One rationale often given in the Bible as the reason we should be content is the reality of death. You cannot make your life all about money and possessions because you will die someday. If you believe in Jesus, you will resurrect and reign with him. But the reality remains that you will not live in this body forever. When you let that sink, it will revolutionize your mind set about money forever.



Solomon taught the same.As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand” (Ecclesiastes 5:15).



David also said the same thing in Psalm 49:16,17: “Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.”


This was an idea many Egyptian kings never came to accept. Their goal was to amass as much wealth as possible and be buried with it, because they believed that they would use their riches to purchase entry into paradise. It may seem ludicrous now to be buried with one’s wealth. But a lot of people still live as though they will never buy or their money will go with them to the great beyond.


You will die one day. And you do not know what day that might be (James 4:13-15). By all means, work hard, but don’t pursue money at all cost. Save, but learn to give. Learn to draw the line between covetousness and business acumen. Invest in stocks and bonds, but invest even more in the things that count for eternity.  Remember that your life does not consist of the abundance of the things you possess.


The fact that you will not be here forever should also inspire wisdom in your daily financial decisions. If you have a family, then you should have a will for your possessions to go to them. If you are doing a high-risk business, then you should insure it. It is not against faith to do so (2 Cor 11:24-27).