You can't take it with you

business capital eternity marketplace stewardship May 17, 2021
you can't take it with you

It has been said no one has seen a hearse with a U-Haul trailer behind it. (Strangely I found many images that tell a different story.) There is even a popular song by Kristian Bush with the same sentiment.

Everybody wanna die rich

Diamonds, Champagne,

Work your way down that list.

We try, everybody tries

Tries to fit into that ditch

You can't take it with you when you go

Never seen a hearse with a trailer hitch

Never seen a hearse with a trailer hitch.

Our last two blogs have highlighted various aspects of Psalm 49 and the dangers of disconnecting wealth from eternity. The Message translation of scripture gives us a simple summary:

So don’t be impressed with those who get rich
    and pile up fame and fortune.
They can’t take it with them;
    fame and fortune all get left behind.
Just when they think they’ve arrived
    and folks praise them because they’ve made good,
They enter the family burial plot
    where they’ll never see sunshine again.

You can’t take it with you, but can you send it ahead of you? In the book The Wealth Conundrum, Ralph Doudera talks about temporary and permanent assets… the permanent assets being those that have been given away. Jesus talks about storing up treasure in heaven. We live in an era of massive wealth; isn’t it time we figured out the connection between capital and eternity?