As King Solomon was sharing his heart as one of the wisest and richest Kings of his time, he declared in (Eccl 5:10KJV) “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver: nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.” Thus, the point of view of a man that had it all was simply– real life is not found in the abundance of stuff or the money that we have. In fact, he said it was vanity (empty, of no value). And if you study the book of Ecclesiastes all the way through I think we would find that ultimately the King attempts to tell us that true fulfillment, real life is found in Christ Jesus.
However, many, including some who would profess to be Christians really don’t find true fulfillment in Christ. Many fill their life isn’t fulfilling if they don’t have a spouse, or if they don’t have the house they want or the car they want or maybe even the career they desire. They are so consumed with trying to attain the things of this life that they forget that the empty space in their heart that they have been trying to fill with stuff really needs to be filled with Christ, because He is the resurrection, the truth and the life.
It’s not that Christ is against us having stuff (material things); He just doesn’t want the stuff to have us. When the stuff has us, we don’t have time to serve God. When the stuff has us, we find ourselves trying to work another job or all the overtime we can stand to pay for the stuff and we miss out on the life that God truly desires for us. Thus, Brother Luke comes back and confirms the Kings writings when says in (St. Luke 12:15 KJV) “Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.”
God Bless You
Pastor Versal Mason