“Since you can’t take it with you, you may as well grab for all the gusto of this life while you can.”
That is a statement I overheard at lunch from a nearby table. It’s not the first time I’ve heard those ideas expressed.
And there is some truth in it. “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. (Job 1:21 NIV) When we leave this life, we will most certainly leave behind all of this world’s things.
But it is not entirely true to say that we will take nothing with us. Consider these verses.
And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!'” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.” (Rev. 14:13 NAU)
“For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.” (Matt. 16:27 NAU)
28 “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.” (Jn. 5:28-29 NAU)
When we leave this life we will take our deeds with us. We will be judged by those deeds we have done while in this earthly body.
That being true, we need to walk carefully and faithfully during the days of our life in this world.