Have you ever heard the expression “It’s my birthday so I’m gonna wear my birthday suit”?
It’s a funny expression packed with a lot of truth.
And the truth it’s packed with is actually biblical!
Maybe the authors in the bible didn’t phrase it exactly the same, but pretty close.
Naked We Came
Here is how the author of Ecc 5:15-16 says it:
As he came from his mother’s womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand. This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what gain is there to him who toils for the wind?
And here is how Paul says it in 1 timothy 6:7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world
A little more poetic, but not quite as humorous as the birthday suite phrase. But I think that’s exactly the point f these verses. The point is to get us to see that all we really ever owned is our “birthday suits”. And yet we live as if we’re entitled to have or own everything. We grasp and hold tight to material things when one day all of it will get left behind. Just think about Egyptian pharaohs who were buried with their treasure so they could take it with them. But the treasure only served as a reason for people to break into their tombs and steal years later.
I’m not saying that owning things is bad, what I’m saying is that we enjoy the false sense of hope that owning things gives us. It gives us a false sense of control over the outcome of our lives. If we have money, we feel a sense of safety because money can buy just about anything. If we have a house, that gives us a sense of protection. If we have a form of transportation, then we don’t have to rely on someone else to get us where we need to go.
Living with a birthday suit mentality
Jesus said in Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
When you love money, it persuades you that it can solve all your problems, but you just need a little more and so you give all you got to getting just a little more. Only to find out that a little more is always never enough.
On the other hand, when you know that the only things that really matter in this world are souls, you will start trying to hate those things that lead you in a different direction. You will hate those things in the sense that you will not give it your affection. Your affection will only be directed to God and what he loves, which is the souls of his creation. You don’t love money or things they simply become tools lent to you to use while you are here on earth.
What mentality have you been living with – all I own is my birthday suit or it’s all mine?
Are you guilty of an entitled mindset?
Have you given you affection to something other than God and what He loves?