A number of people who were speculating on the amount of money a certain rich man had left when he died.

One person assured the group that he knew the answer, he knew how much money this man had left behind. Of course, everyone was interested in his response. “It’s easy,” he replied. “He left if all.”

The Apostle Paul states an obvious truth that most of us tend to ignore, “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” (I Timothy 6:7, NIV)

The proverb writer gives this warning. Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich; restrain yourself! Riches disappear in the blink of an eye; wealth sprouts wings and flies off into the wild blue yonder. (Proverbs 23:4-5, The Message) 

To put this verse another way:

Money talks, I’ll not deny

I heard it once, it said, “Good-bye,”

Regardless you much money you make, or how much your save, or how much you invest, or how much you keep, eventually, either your money will leave you, or you will leave your money. 

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (I Timothy 6:6-10, NIV)

Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.