Do you ever look at the lives of the rich and famous and think, “they have Rich Peoples’ problems.” When you look at all the miseries that they experience, it makes your life look really nice. The Apostle Paul wrote this to his young apprentice Pastor Timothy:
“Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptations, traps and many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. They deeply regret their decisions later.
“But you, man of God, flee from all this and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness… Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasures for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life!” (1 Timothy 6:6-11 and 6:17-19)
You probably heard the saying, “There’s no U-Haul behind the hearse.” You brought nothing into this world, you can take nothing with you when you leave.
Money really is an uncertain foundation in this day and age. Look at those who have piled it up in this life. They die and leave it all behind too. The guy buried in this golden mausoleum is no better off than the poor man who is buried in a simple wooden box. And think of all the starving children that could have been feed with the money this guy spent on his funeral! You can’t take anything with you when you die. Might as well be generous in this life and find true happiness in giving.