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For The Buzzards
12/15/2011

Yard Sale

Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; Proverbs 3:9 (NKJV)
 
I was driving home this last weekend and on my way I couldn't help but notice several yard sales along the way.  It seemed as though there was one for every block I passed.  I find these sales very interesting, as you never know what you 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 its as if a chapter in the life of the seller is being closed and revealed to those who pick through the stuff.

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 we watch 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 is now someone else's.   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; we shouldn't put so much emphasis on it or the impact is has upon our happiness or contentment.   

I think King Solomon realized this as well.  Solomon was a very wealthy man and he 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 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 given to those 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.  Let's not give anything the place God deserves.  Let's focus on eternal rather than temporal. 

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?

APPLICATION: Lets seek the Lord for our happiness and contentment and not place an improper emphasis upon the items we have been blessed with.  

Let's pray,

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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