Rugs, lamps, a washer and dryer, even the food in the cupboardseverything was for sale! My husband and I stopped at an estate sale one day and wandered through the house, overwhelmed by the volume of belongings. Dish sets littered the dining room table. Christmas decorations filled the front hallway. Tools, toy cars, board games, and vintage dolls crowded the garage. When we left, I wondered if the homeowners were moving, if they desperately needed money, or if they had passed away.
This reminded me of these words from Ecclesiastes: Just exactly as he came, so shall he go (5:16). Were born empty-handed and we leave the world the same way. The stuff we buy, organize, and store is ours only for a whileand its 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 (Eccl. 5:14), and our kids dont get to enjoy our possessions after were gone.
Stockpiling possessions in the here-and-now is foolish, because we cant take anything with us when we die. Whats important is a proper attitude toward what we have and how we use what God has given. That way well be storing up our treasure where it belongsin heaven.
Read: Ecclesiastes 5:8-17