The idioms.com website quotes two comedians as the origin of the statement that many of us have heard and even quoted. “This phrase is the title of a famous comedic play in three acts that was released in 1936 by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The third part is entitled: “you can’t take it with you” Meaning: ▪ everybody leaves their wealth behind after death ▪ to not be able to take anything along when one passes on ▪ no one takes their wealth to next world after passing away ▪ refers to worldly items but can be used even without extreme condition of death Source: theidioms.com
Long before these two comedians posed this question, there was a man called the wisest man on earth who had questions about the same thing. He happened to be the wealthiest too. This man was King Solomon who asked God for wisdom. King Solomon, the son of King David pondered about time, and realized that “There is a time for everything” he said.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What do workers gain from their toil? Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 NIV
These were very deep thoughts that everyone should perhaps take the time to think about. With these thoughts King Solomon came to the realization thousands of years ago that in Ecclesiastes 3:22 NIV. “So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?” (Some Bible versions interpret work as works, and works as activities. The word lot is interpreted as portion and inheritance.) We are using the NIV interpretation.
Solomon was talking about worldly possessions when he said, “For who can bring them to see what will happen after them.” Just like the comedians years after King Solomon’s death said, “you can’t take it with you.” Perhaps these two comedians read the Bible? This lesson is about enjoying what you do while you are on earth because that is your earthly portion. Look at at Colossians 3:23. AMP. It says, “Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men.” Therefore, enjoy your work.
Do you know what time you are in? Everything is done unto the Lord! We sometimes forget and take our eyes off of the Lord. So, King Solomon reminded us to enjoy our works because we can’t take our portion with us. The way to enjoy your work is to look to Jesus in all that you do. Be blessed in knowing each and every day that Jesus is coming to get us. Praise God for being with us while we are here waiting on the second coming of our blessed hope, Jesus.
We now ask the question for all to ponder, Do you know what time you are in? Think about what time you are in today. It is more than summer. Make the necessary adjustments to enjoy, rejoice be happy in your work.
Blessings to you,
Pastors Willie McIntosh III and J. Rochelle McIntosh
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