Your Possessions

Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; Proverbs 3:9 (NKJV)

It seems as though the season for yard sales never ends.  Each weekend there is a whole new batch of homes displaying used items for sale in their driveway.  I find these sales very interesting, as one never knows what they may find.  It is interesting to me to see the similarity of things being sold in many of them, and yet there are differences as well.  In each of these yard sales it’s as if a chapter in the life of the seller is being closed and revealed to those who pick through the stuff for sale. 

And then there are the estate sales where people have passed away.  In these sales everything in the house is usually sold.  I find these sales very interesting as well, because almost everything they collected while living is there for the world to see and to pick through.  It makes me think about those nature films on television where the buzzards glean from the bones of the animals that have perished.

Now I don't want to infer to those who go to yard sales as buzzards, but I do want to point out what eventually happens to all the stuff we collect along the paths of life.  It all goes by the wayside eventually, and what was once our prized possession now belongs to someone else. We all have a collection of stuff — some of it is necessary, and some of it is not — but all of it is just temporary.  All this to say — we really shouldn't put so much emphasis on our possessions, or the impact they have upon our happiness or contentment.

I think King Solomon realized this as well.  Solomon was a very wealthy man who wanted for nothing, and yet we can look at what he said about the acquisition of all he had amassed throughout his life as it is recorded in Ecclesiastes. 

Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them.  I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; And this was my reward from all my labor. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done And on the labor in which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind.  There was no profit under the sun. Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 (NKJV)

It's not my heart to condemn anyone for having possessions, nor is it wrong.  It is my heart to challenge us to think about the place our possessions have in our heart and in our life. At what cost will we obtain them; will it be at the cost of our family, friends, and Christian witness?  Can we let them go if God is leading us to, or will we fight tooth and nail to keep them despite His leading? 

I don’t think God wants us to just be a warehouse, simply collecting a bunch of stuff.  I think He is happy when we redistribute the possessions He has entrusted us with, especially when it is with someone in need. I think I'm going to start by cleaning out some shelves this weekend.

I want to encourage you today to meditate upon these things.  Don’t give anything the place in your heart that God deserves.  Focus on the eternal rather than temporal.  Be willing to use your blessings to invest into others for kingdom purposes.

STUDY QUESTION: According to proverbs 3:9, how should we be using our possessions?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself attempting to find your happiness or contentment in possessions?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord for your happiness and contentment and not place an improper emphasis upon the items you have been blessed with. 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for enabling me to find my happiness and contentment in You alone.  Forgive me for the times I have sought to find happiness and contentment in various possessions. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott 



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