Alexander the Great was a Macedonian king who conquered Persia, Greece and Egypt. He was considered the “conqueror of the world.” It was the custom in his day that when a person died, their hands would be wrapped so no one could see them. However, prior to his death, he asked that his hands remain unwrapped. When they asked why, he replied, “I want everyone to see that they were empty.”
In his letter to Timothy, Paul said, “After all, we didn’t bring anything with us when we came into this world, and we certainly can’t take anything with us when we die.” This is a popular verse, used by many, but accepted and followed as a guide for living by only a few – judging by the way that most people live: Full hands, empty lives!
In three short verses, Paul gives some astounding advice to all of us. He begins by saying that true religion can be very valuable if it brings one contentment. Might he be implying that if we are not content with what we believe, no amount of money - or things - will bring us peace? Next, he reminds us that we “can’t take it with us.” Finally, he concludes this bit of advice by saying, “By the way, if you have enough food and clothing, be content. And, if you are not content with what God’s given you, you will be tempted and trapped by foolish desires that will bring ruin and destruction.” If God’s Word controls our heart, we can live with empty hands.
Prayer: It’s easy, Lord, to want what has earthly value. However, place in our hearts a desire for what matters most: knowing, loving, obeying, and serving You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: 1 Timothy 6:6-10 After all, we didn’t bring anything with us when we came into this world, and we certainly can’t take anything with us when we die.