“Downsize your stuff, so you can upsize your focus on serving Jesus and others.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 24, 2021
Their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. And quarreling arose. Genesis 13:6-7
Abram and Lot had a lot of stuff. They were blessed with family, friends and finances. However, things became complicated and they were unable to coexist with each another. Though they needed one another, they could not stay with one another.
The fear of losing their possessions superseded the joy of growing their relationship. So they divided, and as a result of their vulnerability, Lot lost everything. Jesus said, “A household divided against itself will not stand…” (Matthew 12:25).
Possessions are not wrong in themselves. However, when the management of your wealth compromises your loyalty to people there is a problem. Possessions should be subservient to people, otherwise things get out of kilter. People know if you value your net worth over them. So how do we keep this balance between possessions and people?
Begin with an inventory of your time. How do you spend your time? Do you spend more time in managing your stuff, or loving on people? You may need to sell some of your property, or better yet give it away. If your possessions have priority over people there is a problem.
Ask yourself, “Does my stuff compete with my relationship with God?” Perhaps you downsize your stuff, so you can upsize your focus on your Savior Jesus. By God’s grace, use the material blessings he has entrusted to you as a magnet that draws you closer to God and people. Use your blessing of discretionary time to bless others.
The Bible says, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor 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. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life” (1 Timothy 6:17-19).
Heavenly Father, give me the courage to simplify my life, so I can better serve you and others, in Jesus’ name, amen.
How can I position my possessions, so the Lord possesses more of me, and my family?
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