August: ON POSSESSIONS

Most of our possessions arrive in our lives almost by accident. Gradually, like falling snow, they accumulate around until they form the basis for our identity.

 

We do not intend this to happen. Most things we acquire are meant to increase our happiness and sense of fulfillment. But their uniqueness is quickly subsumed into the ordinariness of daily affairs (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11) Nothing was changed under the sun.

 

We make up one day and find ourselves to be trapped by the thrill of the hunt. In our excitement we have forgotten that the pursuit of most possessions is nothing more than that – a pursuit – and have allowed ourselves to believe that our happiness would be increased by the next possession we acquire. But, in fact, our lives have slowly developed a sense of physical mass, and we are being bound to the earth like stones.

 

We must remember that most possessions are really butterflies that turn into caterpillars. They start with the wings of fantasy. We see them as freedom, as happiness. We believe they have the power to change our lives. (Proverbs 28:19) The man who chases fantasies will have his/her fill of poverty.

 

We pursue them with energy and excitement, when we finally get them, they give us a moment of elation; then like an echo, a feeling of hallow-ness comes over us. The thrill of ownership begins to grow cold in our hands.

 

Still, swearing off possessions is not going to make us any clearer or wiser.

 

Unless we want to dedicate ourselves to some ascetic ideal, it will only make us obsessed with our own poverty, and neither the self-absorbed poor not the self-absorbed rich are doing themselves or anyone else any good.

 

We need to find a true measure for our possessions, so we free ourselves from their weight without denying them their potential for good – we must always remember that possessions have no inherent value. They become what we make them. (2 Corinthians 6:10)…Poor, yet making many rich, having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

 

If they increase our capacity to give, they become something good. If they increase our focus on ourselves and become standards by which we measure other people, they become something bad.

 

When we seek a possession, we should ask ourselves if it will make us better people, more able to share, more willing to give, more capable of doing good in our daily lives. Possessions that increase our sense of self-importance are empty in comparison to those that help us contribute something of value to the world. (Psalm 37:16) Better the little that the righteous than the wealth of many wicked.

 

Keep in mind that possessions are as likely to make you unhappy as they are to make you happy, because they define the limits of your life and keep you from the freedom of choice that comes with traveling light upon the earth.

And when the objects accumulate, do what you must to free yourself from their false importance. Give away what you don’t use. Go on a long trip and travel lightly, find a possession you value highly and give it to someone who would value it more. Do something to remind yourself that most of your possessions are nothing more than unimportant decorations on who you really are.

 

Scriptural Basis: Luke 12:15

Jesus said, “watch out to be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his/her possessions.”

 

They are chameleons that change from fantasies into responsibilities once you hold them in your hand, because they take your eye from the heavens and rivet it squarely on the earth. (Enjoy the fruits of your labor, that is your portion in life.)

 

If it is the thrill of pursuit you seek, recognize it. Embrace it and value it for the joy it gives you, but do not confuse the pursuit with the object being pursued.

 

Listen to the quieter wisdom that says you will value your possessions more if you find fewer of them, and that you will find deeper meaning in human sharing than in the accumulation of goods.

 

If you build up possessions just as the logical outcome of pursuing your desires, you will lose your wings to fly.

 

Other Scriptural Bases:

Philippians 4:11

For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

Note: The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

 

Proverbs 10:22

The blessing of the Lord brings wealth and adds no trouble to it.

 

Matthew 19:21

Jesus answered, “if you want to be perfect go sell all your possessions and give to the poor and you will have treasures in heaven.”

 

Matthew 6:20

But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in.

 

Mark 8:36-37

For what shall it profit a man if he/she shall gain the whole world and suffer lost? Or, what shall a man give in exchange for…

 

1 Timothy 6:7

For we came into the world with nothing, it is certain we can carry nothing out.

 

*The greatest possession a man can have is the twenty-four hours directly in front of him/her

*The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

*The heart of a man cannot be determined by the size of the pocketbook.

 

I am not suggesting to give up all your material possessions and this is the fanatical way assigning and giving it to the Biblical way, is to enjoy the fruits of your labour, because this is your portion in life.

Enjoy means

  • A rich person is not one who has the most but is one who needs the least.

 

Proverbs 10:2 – Ill gotten possessions are of no value

*in Genesis God created everything we need for our abundant and wholesome living and said “have dominion over all things, But now, the reverse has happened. Man dominated by things.

 

Proverbs 23:4 – Do not wear yourself out, have the wisdom to show restraint.

*Most of us lose our health to make money and then lose our money to restore our health.

 

Psalm 127:1-2 – verse 1 -unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain, unless the Lord watches the city, the watchman stand guard in vain…verse 2 – in vain you rise early and stay up late toiling for bread to eat for He grants sleep to these He loves.

Destruction comes to those who trusts in the abundance of their riches (Proverbs 3:5-6) – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own outstanding…

*The only real possessions one has are those of which one can dispose

*There is considerable emphasis on the idea of ensuring that you keep (what you have, however if you do not immediately feel that it has a purpose)

*Change a cottage in possession for a kingdom in reversion, I will not

*Prospect is often better that possession.

 

(1 Timothy 6:17-19) – command those who are rich in this present world not to b arrogant not to put their hope in wealth which is so uncertain. But to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment…verse 9 – command them to do good to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share…verse 19 – in this way they will lay up treasures for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly Life.

 

When God gives any man wealth and possessions and enables them to enjoy them, to accept his/her lot and enjoy them and be happy in his/her work. This is a gift from God.

Enjoy the fruits of your labour because this is your portion in life.

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July: GIVING