It’s Mine! All Mine!
Verse 24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
As we continue looking into what it means to cease in Sabbath keeping we need to talk about ceasing our obsession with possessions.
Our culture is seemingly controlled by the drive for more possessions and we aren’t immune to the disease of becoming obsessive with the things we possess. Have you ever noticed how often we say the words, “that’s mine” in a day? We say them about our houses, cars, family and toys. As Americans, we spend many a dollar on protecting what is ours. We put in alarm systems for our homes and make sure we keep the doors locked on our homes and vehicles. We buy safes to keep important things locked up behind our locked doors. We set up security cameras to watch if someone is up to no good around our possessions.
All these measures are taken to protect what we view as ours. God has a different view of our possessions. He knows what we tend to forget, we only have possessions because He has loaned them to us. He didn’t allow us to gain possessions to be greedy about them. He blesses us so that we can bless others. We know from Acts 4:32 that the early Church didn’t feel that their possessions were their own and so they shared them with the other believers. The Church is a special community and when it is lived out as God intended we help each other when we can.
One of the problems that plague those with a lot of possessions is the undue stress it can put on a life. Not only is there the constant concern of the safety of our items but there is the need of maintaining those things. For the person who accumulates more and more figurines for their collection, there is the need to dust them often. For the person with more and more cars there are the oil changes, tune-ups and gas. As we add more possessions all this extra effort will add to our day’s activities until we find no time to cease because we are having to care for all our possessions.
This brings us back to our topic of Sabbath keeping. We need to evaluate ways our being obsessed with our possessions keep us from the rest and peace God commands of His people. We can’t be obeying His command to a mindset of Sabbath keeping if we are too busy obeying the “orders” of our possessions.
Making It Personal
What possessions control you the most? Are you being greedy with your possessions? Is there a possession you need to remove from your life so you can focus more on God?
Making It Personal Kids
Is it bad to have too many toys? Is it good to share our toys? How can a toy or game get in the way of our relationship with Jesus?
Father, please right our view of our possessions. Thank You for the many ways You bless us. Give us the wisdom to use Your blessings to bless those in our Church family and to serve those around us to show them who You are. In Jesus’ name, amen.