THE COMMON SENSE OF THE BIBLE

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I am an engineer and am above average with numbers and spreadsheets. So, since life is all about balance, my common sense is sometimes lacking. The other day I was reading one of the biblical letters that the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy. As I read, I came across a phrase that could be utilized as a great example of common sense. I read the phrase over a few times and began to laugh. It made me think of a comment I have heard during several different sermons, “have you ever seen a U-haul trailer behind a hearse?”

Now, even though my common sense is lacking—this bit of wisdom I do understand. Sometimes the bible surprises me, and on this occasion it did just that. Paul’s written verse is so plain and so direct that it deserves our focus. And I do believe that most people understand it. But what I witness every day with myself and others is this—even though we believe it, we do not live it very well. In this letter to Timothy, Paul gives this simple, yet profound, advice—“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” (1 Tim 6:7)

Wow! On this particular day when I read this verse it made me laugh. Laugh at its simplicity. It made me cry. I cried about its simplicity. You see—we all get it. We know that we cannot take anything with us when we die. Yet we strive so diligently, on most days, to accumulate the very “stuff” that we know is only temporary. And during this daily grind to accumulate that which Jesus says, “moths will destroy and thieves will steal;” it seems way too easy to ignore the higher calling to store up treasure in Heaven.

So our challenge today is this—let’s take an honest look at ourselves and evaluate if we are living by Paul’s simple advice: “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” Maybe a few changes are in order? I know they are for me.