My wife and I were recently on one of our many walks, when we passed by a house that had its garage open. Our eyes could not help but look inside and much to our amazement we saw the horrid accumulation of so much stuff that we were in dismay. Rachel immediately turned to me and said that we would never have a garage full of stuff. I of course agreed.
This of course is actually a common occurrence when we go on our walks or are driving about town. We see the porch of a house that is jam packed with furniture and other belongings. In fact I’ve been in a few houses (lived in one) that were just full of stuff. It’s incredible. How can one family have so many things? I’m not just talking about a normal accumulation of stuff over years and years. But an actual resistance to throwing things away and a mentality that more is better.
This of course is very much a Western problem.
A large portion of the world does not have much. Many do not have more than necessities. We can accumulate things out of the abundance and availability of getting those things.
Have you ever looked at all that stuff and wondered where it will be in 10 years? 20 years? 50 years? 100 years? Do you ever wonder in what condition it will be in? Most likely in 100 years it will be in a landfill somewhere. No matter how much stuff we gather, no matter how many things we have, we can’t take it with us. It can’t come to heaven.
The Bible has a lot to say about “stuff”. It has a lot to say about money. Jesus says one very convicting parable in Luke 12.
Luk 12:16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully,
Luk 12:17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’
Luk 12:18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
Luk 12:19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”‘
Luk 12:20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’
Whose stuff will it be? Not yours.
Another such example is the story of the rich young ruler. He comes to Jesus and asks what He must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus says that He must sell all that He has and give to the poor and follow Jesus. He won’t do it. He loves his stuff more than He loves Jesus. He wants to bring his stuff on the journey of following after Jesus.
Are we doing the same? Are we truly following after Jesus? Or are we following after our “stuff”? Stuff could be anything from money, material goods, relationships etc… do we love it more than we love Jesus? Are we spending more time with those things than with Jesus? Are we laying up treasures on earth or in heaven?
I guarantee that when you sit before the judgment seat of Christ He won’t ask you about all the stuff in your life? He’ll ask you if you love Him. He’ll ask if you if you followed Him.
Don’t be satisfied by the things of this world. Follow Jesus. Run after Jesus. Cling to Jesus. Be dependent on Jesus for every need in your life. Love God. Love your neighbor.
Jesus says that if you do that; if you follow Him. You’ll receive more in this life, and in the life to come (Luke 18:30). That doesn’t mean you’ll receive more wealth and prosperity. It means you’ll have everything you need and you’ll have joy and peace and hope in this life. Those are things that others in this world don’t have. You’ll have the ability to face any trial and temptation because the Holy Spirit is with you.
We serve a great God who loves us more than we know. He wants us to follow Him and be dependent on Him.