A CASKET’S U-HAUL TRAILER

WE SEE A LOT OF STRANGE THINGS IN OUR LIVES, BUT ONE THING I HAVE NEVER SEEN IS A CASKET TOWING A U-HAUL TRAILER. I HAVE HEARD THIS PHRASE ATTRIBUTED TO A FAMOUS PREACHER, CHARLES SWINDOLL.

OF ALL WE HAVE COLLECTED HERE ON EARTH, NONE OF IT CAN BE TAKEN TO HEAVEN WITH US. TOO MANY OF US ‘ACCUMULATE’ POSSESSIONS. SOMETIMES THE COLLECTION GOES TOO FAR. WE THINK WE NEED THIS OR WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT. WE CONVINCE OURSELVES WE NEED A BIGGER HOUSE, A NEWER CAR, MORE JEWELRY, MORE MONEY, FAME… DO WE REALLY? WHEN DOES THE ‘NEED TO HAVE’ TURN INTO IDOL WORSHIP? HOW OFTEN DO WE FEEL GETTING IS BETTER THAN GIVING.

GOD CERTAINLY WANTS US TO ENJOY OUR LIVES ON THIS EARTH. THE BIBLE TELLS US OF MANY OF GOD’S FAITHFUL WHO WERE ALSO WEALTHY. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH WEALTH…IF…WE BALANCE IT CAREFULLY. ARE WE BEING GOOD STEWARDS OF ALL GOD HAS ALLOWED US TO POSSESS? DO WE SHARE OUR TALENTS, TIME AND MONEY WITH THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED OF THEM? ARE WE HONORING GOD WITH ALL HE HAS ALLOWED US TO HAVE?

WE CAN’T HOOK UP THE U-HAUL WHEN GOD CALLS US HOME.

“ALL WHO MAKE IDOLS ARE NOTHING, AND THE THINGS THEY TREASURE ARE WORTHLESS. THOSE WHO WOULD SPEAK UP FOR THEM ARE BLIND; THEY ARE IGNORANT, TO THEIR OWN SHAME.” ISAIAH 44:9 NIV