I am sure we’ve all heard the saying, “You can’t take it with you.” Of course, this refers to what happens to our possessions when we expire. A friend of mine used to say he was going to hire several moving vans when he goes. Another used to say, the only thing following him upon death would be the IRS and the bill collectors. Personally, I would rather have satisfaction knowing my relatives are fighting over my junk. Have at it and may the faster grabber win.
We often joke about these things because it’s a coping mechanism for avoiding the reality, and physical finality, of death. Nobody wants to talk about death; although we should. It happens to us all sooner or later; let’s pray later. We treat the subject lightly but, what does God have to say? “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out (1 Timothy 6:7). When we were born, we didn’t come with a diaper. The only difference for you and me, when we die, is we’ll have a dress or suit on when folk come filing by and we won’t be crying. That will be left to those mourning.
It is very important to impress upon ourselves the fact that life is short. Just when we feel like living a long time, James soberly reminds us, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14). And indeed it is but a mere vapor. It feels as if it were only yesterday that I played little league baseball; yet it is not!
Let me float something here. I know God’s Word says we cannot take anything with us when we die, but it regards physical things. Not so concerning spiritual things. Spiritually speaking, we can take unforgiven sin and an unrepentant heart/spirit with us when we die. This can be avoided by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. We need but accept His atoning sacrifice on the Cross. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). So, how do you make sure your sins don’t follow you when you die? “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:9,10, and 13). Simply put; ye must be born again (Jesus’ words) in John 3:3.