Stockpiling or Storing? (Ecclesiastes 5:16)

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Just exactly as he came, so shall he go” (Ecclesiastes 5:16). We’re born empty-handed and we leave the world the same way. The stuff we buy, organize, and store is ours only for a while – and it’s all in a state of decay. Moths munch through our clothes; even gold and silver may not hold their value (James 5:2-3). Sometimes “riches perish through misfortune” (Ecclesiastes 5:14), and our kids don’t get to enjoy our possession after we’re gone.

Stockpiling possessions in the here-and-now is foolish, because we can’t take anything with us when we die. What’s important is a proper attitude toward what we have and how we use what God has given. That way we’ll be storing up our treasures where it belongs – in heaven. – Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Whatever we possess on earth

We have to leave behind;

But everything we give to God

In heaven we will find. – Sper

Letting go of earthly possessions enables us to take hold of heavenly treasure.

  • November 1, Vol. 17, Our Daily Bread
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