If you were at our 10:45 service, you know that JP and Jennifer Harris are now at the top of the “People I Love and Owe a Few Lunches to” list. If you weren’t, then you’ll just have to wonder why.
On to Sunday!
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,” says our Savior. We say, “Yeah, but you don’t know what it’s like to own an iPad, iMac, iPhone, MacBook, or car.” You’re right. Jesus didn’t own a car (at least not that I can see from the four Gospels). Jesus also didn’t own a closet. So what would he know about stuff?
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
So do we have a high priest who knows what it is like to be tempted with things? To have a place to lay his head? Tempted to find value in possessions rather than the father? Absolutely. And do you know what he says? Stuff rusts and disappears. . .
(From my science experiment Sunday morning—it isn’t sweet tea. It’s rust.)
Jesus has much to say about where our hearts are. . .
The problem for many of us is we don’t think we have excess money. Many times that is true (in a way). We don’t have excess money because we have maxed out what we can spend on ourselves. We have storage bins for our storage bins. We buy bigger houses because we have so much stuff. We live in extravagance and then look at our bank accounts and say, “See! No excess.” We truly live on earth in luxury and self-indulgence.
So what is the solution? Jesus illustrated by sharing if we view the world in the way God desired—treasuring and serving him—then we are “full of light.” With a life full of light we glory in a risen savior—not in our stuff.
But the stuff always calls. It tells us that we need it and need to be defined by it. Do not believe the lie. Jesus is better. Every time.