Thursday, September 22, 2011

Things, Held Lightly

     "A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15).
     I recently encountered a gentleman who was in a near panic because he feared losing some precious possessions.  The experience caused me to ask our Lord for His ongoing searching of my own heart to ensure that my possessions do not possess me.  "Search me, o God, and know my heart.  Try me and know my thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in me.  And lead me in the way everlasting" (Psalm 139:23-24).
    God blesses us with things needed, and with things desired.  We do well to give thanks, and to obey Scripture by enjoying the things He so richly provides (I Timothy 6:17).  We also do well, however, to realize that the gifts are not the Giver, and that we are not the owners of things, but stewards.  Everything the Christian has and everything he is belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ.  We therefore serve as caretakers of His possessions, holding all things lightly in the knowledge that our Lord may do with His things as He pleases.  If He chooses to allow things to remain with us, we rejoice in His vouchsafing.  If He chooses to remove and transfer things elsewhere, we rejoice that our life does not consist in God's gifts, but in Himself.  "He is thy life" (Deuteronomy 30:20).
     Fewer sighs of relief will ever grace us than the one exhaled as we realize and affirm, "It's all Your's, Lord!  Every atom of every thing in my life belongs to You."  We will need to be reminded and refreshed often concerning so vital a matter, and our Heavenly Father will actively engage His hand to ensure that our hands hold all things lightly.  As He graciously works to deliver us from the delusion of ownership to the delight of stewardship, blessed peace will fill our hearts as we rightly possess our possessions.
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."
(Matthew 6:33)

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