Proverbs 11:4-- Riches won't help on the day of judgement, but right living can save you from death.
Ok, the human part of me is feeling really bad. THREE DAYS of 'Judgement' posts.. on an 'encouragment blog' I'm sorry... well the human part of me is sorry.
The spiritual part of me... the part that listens to God... says. hey, we need this. So, I'm sorry, but the God part has to win out.
Lets get on to the verse....
While we live on Earth, money will always be important. You can't get food without it. You can't get water without it. You can't have much of anything (except air... and I have actually seen a store called the Oxygen Bar.. so I guess you can buy air) without money.
In most cases, the more money you have the more power you possess. I can't think of many Presidents who were elected while working in a grocery store.
On Earth, money creates power.
But in Heaven, it doesn't even exist.
Even if you have every bit of money you have ever had in your entire life buried with you in your nice new casket and matching vault, sealed shut awaiting the Rapture--- It doesn't matter. You won't get it to Heaven with you.
It doesn't matter if you try to Fed Ex it to "Cloud #9, Heaven", it won't get there.
You can't take money with you to Heaven.
And you can't buy your salvation either. 1 Timothy 6:10 says, "The love of money is the root of all evil."
NOT money. The love of it. The need, the craving, the desire, the lust, the stop at nothing to attain it love of money is evil.
The craving for more of it is what can hurt our souls.
The trying to keep it all for ourselves so we can be (in a sense) buried with it is what hurts ourselves and others.
It doesn't matter if we have $1 or $1,000,000,000 here on Earth, we have to be concerned about our souls first and foremost.
Only 'right living' can save us from death.
Right living is accepting Jesus as your Savior, praying, loving your neighbor, and trying (not being-- but trying) to live a good life.
Now, of course, it won't save you from physical death. Unless Jesus comes back in our lifetime, we will all die, but 'right living' and our salvation through Jesus saves us from "true death" which is... well, not going to Heaven.
We all have to have money to live. No doubt about that, but lets not let it have a tight hold on us. Lets give to our neighbors. Lets concern ourselves with both our and others' souls because that's all we'll get to take to the afterlife with us anyway--- that--- and a smile :)
God Bless You!
(Be an Encouragement to someone today :) )