And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.
Do you remember the television program, Clean House?
Niecy Nash, helped families with overwhelmingly cluttered homes, coaching them to let go of their stuff. Organizers assisted the family members to assess what items needed to go, what could stay and what should go by way of a giant yard sale.
The most amazing segment of the program to me was all the stuff piled under those three tents labeled, Keep, Sell and Throw away. The massive mountain of materialism seemed to be larger than the square footage of the house.
We live in a materialistic society!
Call it what you may. “Keeping up with the Joneses”, “Living above your means”, or “Conspicuous Consumption”. When we use our financial resources to purchase stuff for status and fame, we are materialistic. Hold on to your seat.
You Are Fake!
Pretending to have something you don’t own i.e. house, car, boat… or buying today to pay tomorrow, going deeper in debt is living a lie.
Consumerism is a slippery slope. The more you have, the more you want and before you know it you have crowded closets, packed pantries, and brimming basements.
Jesus told a parable about a man who had his chest stuck out in pride over the stuff he had accumulated. His crops had done exceedingly well and his barns were filled. His storage space was inadequate. Arrogant overshadowed him until he decided to tear down his current barns and build bigger ones. He stated, “Hey self! You’ve done a great job! Quit your job and spend the rest of your days living it up”. (paraphrase mine)
It didn’t take God long to address that mess. He called him a fool and informed him that he would die tonight.
God posed a question for him.
WHOSE GONNA GET All THAT STUFF NOW?
“But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?
So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:20-21
Don’t major on materials while slacking on spirituality. Your soul will be required of you.
What should we do, when we are stuck in the muck and mire of materialism?
- Get your priorities in order.
God promises that when we put him and his ways first, he will provide our needs.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
- Stop trying to keep up with the Joneses
Covetousness leads to debt and depression. Life is so much more than the things you accumulate. Contrary to popular belief, the Joneses are not as happy as they look.
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15
- Invest wisely
Things come and things go. Businesses fail. Stock markets crash. Everything on earth will pass away. Why not find security where there is guaranteed a return on investment.
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:33-34
- Pay it forward
Take a survey of your blessings. When you find surplus, share the wealth. Giving is like throwing a boomerang. It always comes back.
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6:38 NLT
At this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality.”
(2 Corinthians 8:14 NASB)
Let’s stop hoarding and stuffing our store houses with things we don’t need. No matter the price tag, clothes become rags, furniture becomes fire wood and vehicles become parts and pieces at the salvage yard.
It’s time to do it God’s way. Watch him fill our barns with plenty and many will be blessed through us.