Yesterday we discussed money and how it is the most coveted-after object in the world. Yet, as we noted, “you can’t take it with you.” For all the desire to acquire more and more of it, at the end of the day, the money stays behind and we go on to the afterlife.
The saying “you can’t take it with you” can be applied to a lot more than just money, however. Having said that, it’s also the case that the saying can’t be applied to everything. There are some things you CAN take with you.
Love, for an example, is something that we get to acquire and distribute here on earth and, in the blessed paradise of Heaven, we can continue having it throughout eternity.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1 Corinthians 13:13
Three things abide into the present day: faith, hope and charity (meaning “love”). Of those three, one of them can be taken with us into Heaven.
Faith? You can’t take it with you. In fact you don’t need to take it with you, since faith is the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Once we are in Heaven, our faith will become realized. That which we have not seen will be seen. We need faith as we journey toward Heaven but once we’re there faith will no longer be needed.
Hope? You can’t take it with you. In fact you don’t need to take it with you, since hope means “Belief plus Expectation.” We believe in Heaven and we expect to be there one day. Once we are there, our belief will be fulfilled and our expectations will be made reality. Hope will no longer be needed. We need hope as we journey toward Heaven but once we’re there hope will no longer be needed.
Love? Love is something you get to take with you. How sad that people horde money but refuse to accumulate love! Love is priceless, yet there is an endless supply out there, ready to be acquired. Scoop it up, hold it with you, pass it out to others, and even if your heart is overflowing with it, when you die you get to take it all with you to Heaven.
And in Heaven you will continue to love and love and love for ever and ever amen.