July 23rd, 2018 — IGNITE

Stuff! We all have it! We have closets and rafters full of stuff.. We have stuff we haven’t used in years. We have stuff we don’t even remember having. We have stuff that no longer works. We have stuff that is sentimental but is only taking up space.

But did you know that our accumulating of stuff can become a blockage to serving others? Common sense says if you have more stuff then you should have more ability to help others in need, but seldom is that true.

Jesus sees it from a different viewpoint. If you ever sit down and read Luke 12, Jesus tells a parable of a rich farmer whose land was very productive – so much so that he decides to tear down his old, small barns and build bigger, new ones. (Luke 12:18-19)

Jesus then tells His disciples (including you and me) that our lives should be on a radically different path – living for His Kingdom, and here’s how He ends it…
“Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:33-34

So what’s He saying? Well, as followers of Jesus, a big part of our mission here on earth is to be a glimpse of Jesus’ coming kingdom. Our life is suppose to be like an appetizer for the upcoming, amazing banquet feast of the Lamb. When we have too much stuff, it hinders us from living out our mission.

Let me see if I can explain why…

The more stuff we have, the more we want more stuff. It’s a consumer mentality and it’s addictive. The draw… the tendency is to pursue the bigger… the nicer… the better… the fancier (you fill in the blank).

The more stuff we have, the stronger our grip is on that stuff. Somehow our stuff easily becomes the source of our security and has the capacity to turn into an idol we worship.

The more stuff we have, the more our stuff becomes the desire of our hearts. Remember Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” 

The more stuff we have, the more of our time and energy it requires. Just look at your calendar. A lot of time is used keeping up our stuff, rather than serving others.

The more stuff we have, the less we are able to see the needs of others. It blind us… make us oblivious to those around us.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: If you’re anything like me you have stuff – some good stuff… some unusable stuff. But today recognize that God has blessed you with stuff so you can be a blessing to others and be a glimpse of His kingdom right where you live, with the people around you.

Help me to use my stuff to bless someone else today. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen