We spend our lives collecting valuables. As babies, we grasp tightly to everything within reach. In childhood it is toys and trinkets. In youth we collect trophies, baseball cards and all kinds of stuff, better known as junk. Teen age girls especially tend to collect programs, and other memorabilia from dates and school activities.
As we marry and our family grows, we enjoy collecting photographs and videos, letters, locks of hair, baby shoes, etc. The more sentimental we are, the greater our collections. Some things, such as, stamps, coins, antiques, china, crystal, silverware, furniture, cars and property; we collect not so much for sentimental reasons as for financial appreciation. In fact, I've known of people who collect everything that comes into their house, including newspapers and every piece of paper that comes through the mail. In time the house is wall to wall junk. It spreads out to the porch and into the yard. In many cases, our garages are so full of junk, we have no place to park the car.
Some can't bear to part with anything. "It might come in handy someday", is their reason. By the time our children leave home and we are empty-nesters, our houses are packed full of stuff.
One day we discover we have grown old and are forced to move into a small apartment. We are forced to dispose of valuable stuff. Auctions and garage sales force us to face the truth that our things were not that valuable.Age creeps on and one day we are faced with moving in with our children or into an assisted living place or a nursing home.
Too tired to think about it, our children come in to help us. Ruthlessly they help us sort through our valuables together as we downsize from a full house of furniture, appliances, dishes, clothing and our other valuables to one chair, one bed, one dresser and one small closet in which we transfer a few valuables of a lifetime.
Then one day we leave it all for eternity. We leave this world just like we came in- with NOTHING!
If we've lived for Christ. We're able to say with Job in Job 1:21 "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Yes, at such a time we can worship the Lord.If we've been givers rather than hoarders, not only can we hold lightly to the things of this world, but our generosity to Christ will pay off with eternal dividends in Heaven.
Jesus is recorded in Luke 16:9 as saying, "And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness, that when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitation." I believe Jesus is saying, "Invest your money and your time in reaching many with the Gospel, so that when you arrive in Heaven, you may be warmly and gratefully received by those whom your sacrificial giving made possible their hearing the Gospel and being saved."
"For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36