For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. – 1 Timothy 6:7
The ancient Egyptians believed that in the afterlife they would continue the occupations they had on earth. So everything they needed for their occupations was placed in their tombs with their dead bodies. Their tombs also contained clothing and a supply of food. Can you imagine funeral ceremonies today if we followed such customs? My hearse would be followed by a large storage trailer with my computer for writing and doing artwork. It would also contain my collection of tropical shirts and a supply of Dr. Pepper.
Somehow, I don't think our first words in heaven will be, “I brought my suitcase, Lord.” The material things we could pack in a suitcase or a storage trailer will mean little to us in heaven. God will supply all we need. We will no longer hunger or thirst (Revelation 7:16). Christ has already gone to prepare a place for us (John 14:2). And I have a strong feeling this place is better than the homes we have now. The streets of gold will not be clogged with the latest SUVs or the coolest motorcycles. Before God's throne, we won't be showing off our Versace gowns or our Armani suits.
If these material things won't matter in heaven, why do they matter now? Why do we care if our neighbor has a better car than us or a brother has a bigger house? Why is it important whose name is on the label of our clothing? Why do we need the latest when what we have works just fine?
Are we known by our possessions or our passion for God?
– Jason Mitchener is an author, artist, and songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona. You can find out more about him at http://www.JasonMitchener.com or visit his blog on personal development at http://www.ForwardHabit.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @jasonmitchener.