Lessons from Solomon: Riches can’t follow us to the next life

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“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” (Eccl 5:15)

 

“King tut thought that by surrounding himself with treasures, they will be in the afterlife. He was wrong. They didn’t go with him. When Howard Carter discovered Tut’s tomb in 1922, the treasures were still there. Today, those treasures sit in a Cairo museum. They are still here. Tut is long gone”

 

Although King Solomon was not buried with his treasures, he can relate to this. The popular phrase, “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” is ascribed to King Solomon in Ecc 5:15.  When you leave this earth, you’re leaving the same way you came; with nothing. If this dawns on you, you wouldn’t just want to make money at all costs. While some go as far as doing money rituals, some people don’t mind cheating others for extra cash. Think again, what will it profit you if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?

 

See the words of David in Psalm 49:16-18: “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.”

 

Nothing will last for ever. While they exist, God has made all things beautiful in their time. God has put the capacity for us to conceive eternity in our hearts. When the seasons change, when flowers stop blooming, when people grow old and die, one thing comes to mind-eternity. The understanding that the things we see are temporal and there is more to life. And it isn’t more money, riches or fame, but something that transcends beyond this life.

 

But many people today are far easily satisfied. If you don’t know Jesus, there should be an unsettling in your soul; a longing, a hunger. This is why Jesus says in Mat 5:3-6: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

 

If you are already saved, then you must be able to discern the poverty of a lost man’s soul, no matter how rich.

 

 

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