April 06, 2007 print_code Print this lesson

Physical things mean nothing when faced with death.

In today’s world people place great value on what one owns. This is summed up in the phrase: "He who dies with the most toys wins."

But when you die, you can't take anything with you: "Naked a man comes from his mother's womb, and as he comes, so he departs (Ecclesiastes 5:15)."

It's of no surprise that when faced with death, one soon realizes that everyday things are meaningless. 

In Philippians 3:5-6, Paul lists several reasons why he could boast about himself. But, he recognizes that everything pales in comparison to eternity, which is why he considers them nonsense in order to gain Christ (Philippians 3:8)

Everything we chase after in life - all the"stuff" - will soon be gone. Therefore, we have to make it our goal to live with eternal purpose and invest in eternal things; to spend all we have on what lasts forever.

Physical things mean nothing when faced with death.