Friday, July 19, 2013

More? on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. Luke 12:15 ESV

Luke 12;15  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.”

From  ''One of the dangers of owning a lot of stuff is that it can lead to spiritual loss. The more we have and the more we feel as if we have all we need, the more prone we are to forget our need for God and even our desire for Him. Yet, ironically, everything we have comes ultimately from God, who “gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17).
    Sadly, our enjoyment of God’s provisions might just mean that we end up loving the gift and forgetting the Giver. This is why, when God was getting ready to give His people a life full of bounty in the Promised Land of good and plenty, He warned, “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God” (Deut. 8:11).''

    Where is our gratitude?  Are we truly thankful or just anticipating more?  Sometimes people try to fill their emptiness with stuff and it will never be enough.  The television show, 'Hoarders' is a prime example.  People store up things for themselves and yet are not rich toward God.  We must not only share our blessings with others but give thanks that we had it to give to begin with.
    A common phrase of an excuse is 'If only had [?], then I could do so much more.'  If all we have is our time and two hands, then that is enough.  God blesses those who use their blessings already given wisely with more.
    Store up your treasures in heaven by using your earthly possessions for the good of the Kingdom.  Then you'll truly be rich beyond measure.