Sword Slash (2)


BillzThis wallet is filled with hundred dollar bills.



10 Whoever loves money never has money enough;
       whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.
       This too is meaningless.

 11 As goods increase,
       so do those who consume them.
       And what benefit are they to the owner
       except to feast his eyes on them?

 12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet,
       whether he eats little or much,
       but the abundance of a rich man
       permits him no sleep.

 13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun:
       wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner,

 14 or wealth lost through some misfortune,
       so that when he has a son
       there is nothing left for him.

 15 Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb,
       and as he comes, so he departs.
       He takes nothing from his labor
       that he can carry in his hand.

 16 This too is a grievous evil:
       As a man comes, so he departs,
       and what does he gain,
       since he toils for the wind?

 17 All his days he eats in darkness,
       with great frustration, affliction and anger.

 18 Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot. 19 Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God. 20 He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.



That word, “meaningless”, comes from the Hebrew word “hebel.” It means a vapor or a mist. This text is saying that all the stuff, all the bills, all the “bling,” will be gone. Just as the sun rises and the fog fades so too will the things of this world (money, stuff, titles) fade when in the presence of Christ. It will be burned up. (See 1 Cor 3:13. 2 Peter 3:10). So then, is the rat race worth it? Is this chasing after wealth and power and fame going to last FOREVER? The answer any sane person will conclude is, “No!” So what are we to do? Gaining money is fine, if we use it to glorify God and not ourselves. Gaining posessions is fine, if we realize that they will eventually fade or brake or be destoryed and use them to glorify God. Power? Same. Titles? Same. Degrees? Same. Everything a Christian does or has must be for the glory of God.


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