Week 3: Day 3 Stuff

September 21, 2016

  • Day Three: Stuff

     

    Passage:

    Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

     

    And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

     

    “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’”

     

    “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:15-21, NIV)

     

    Perspective:

    I was looking in my garage the other day, and noticed something—I have a lot of stuff. There are boxes and bins full of items I’ve purchased over the years, things I’ve held onto because at one time in the past they were important, or because I think I could use them some day in the future. I have piles of stuff—shoes, books, games, tools, clothes, coats, trinkets, and other random things. I even have a bin of old electronics, like outdated phones and all the charger cords that come with them!

     

    In North America, we are living in The Society of Stuff. We’re constantly being told we need more Stuff, that the Stuff we currently have is lame or old or boring, that we need new Stuff to keep us happy and content. Deep down, I think we all know that having more Stuff doesn’t somehow make us happier people. But it doesn’t seem to matter—we still buy more and more and MORE Stuff.

     

    Jesus is pretty blunt about the kind of person who just lives for Stuff: he calls them a “fool” in this parable. He invites us to be “rich toward God” in our lives, not consumed by getting more Stuff. Let’s not become consumed by Stuff. Go through your closets and drawers, your boxes and bins. Give away your possessions to those who are in need. Let’s be rich towards God and others!

     

    Practice:

    Go through your stuff, and give away one of your personal items to another person today—a friend, someone on the street, or a local mission or shelter serving the poor.

     

    Prayer:

    Jesus, give me wisdom so I’m not a fool. Show me how I can serve others by giving away what I have.

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