Tuesday’s Time

As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take noting of his labour, which he may carry in his hand (Ecclesiastes 5:15).

In America we think that most people know this, but in the world there are many who continue to believe they will take things from this life into the next or after life. I have been witness to many actions wherein individuals have placed food, drink, and money in or on the graves of their loved ones. These items are placed at the grave sites for the deceased as they “journey into the next life.” It is a common occurrence for families to continuously leave food, drink and money for the deceased. While the supplied items are not consumed, those supplying them continue to believe that they are being used by the deceased.

Again, in America, we may find these practices strange. But, I wonder how many who leave food items for the deceased, find the accepted practices in America strange? Most in America will readily tell you that when we die, we leave everything behind; that when we die, we take nothing with us. But, the vast majority of America lives as though they will never die or that when they die, they will take everything with them.

Now, which belief or practice is strange? The one who believes and practices a doctrine; or the one who does not believe, but still practices a doctrine?

Whether we find it strange or not, God says both are wrong. God says that we bring nothing into this world and when we leave, we will take nothing with us. Therefore, Jesus instructs us: that while we can take nothing with us, we can sind things ahead. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Matthew 6:19-21).

Indeed, Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. Le us make sure that we are making proper preparations for that eternal home.