SUMMARY: Temporary happiness
OVERVIEW: The shortsightedness of trusting in wealth.
BIG IDEA: You can’t take your bank account with you. Wealth doesn’t prevent death.
KEY VERSE: Psalm 49:16–17
So don’t be dismayed when the wicked grow rich and their homes become ever more splendid. For when they die, they take nothing with them. Their wealth will not follow them into the grave.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
You have heard this time and time again, but your culture demands repetition: riches do not redeem. Wealth does not secure the living or the dead. Yes, the wealthy appear to have security and prosperity. And they do, to an extent. But wealth has limits. It can not buy time. Seventy, eighty, or ninety years on earth is not even a blink of an eye in eternity. Financial prosperity is one blessing on earth. Use it for good. Use it to provide relief, encouragement, or renewal. Even use it for fun. But don’t let it deceive you. The rich take nothing with them when they die.
Make eternal investments, regardless of your income. Everyone can do this as it relates to how you use your time, talent, and treasure. Only three things last for eternity: the Bible, the human soul, and I. As often as you invest in one or more of those, you invest in eternity.
Invest in eternity. Focus on things that last forever like your relationship with God, engaging with the Bible, and helping others know Jesus. You’re doing that now by using this app. Encourage others to use this app (or another) to help them invest in their relationship with God.