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Friday, February 11, 2011

When is enough------- enough?

I've had many conversations with friends and family members considering, when is it "to much" or "not enough" when it comes to personal property. It seems so easy to use the guide of those around us and to look at what we have, compared to what they have, and think we are some how not where we need to be. Some believe they should have something they don't, while others border on guilt for "having to much". Most of us would say we could spot excessiveness or minimalists, but what would be the rod in which you would measure it. By our standard? Furthermore doesn't God own everything, and give unto who He desires and withdraws from who He desires? We could learn much in this area if we were only to take the time and study it out. Searching the Word for God's direction. I believe what we would find would surprise us. From Solomon's great wealth to the beggar at the temple gates there is a standard that we need to look at first. It is found in Matthew 5:6, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. You see when our greatest desire is to please God and live for Him in a righteous and worthy way, we will be satisfied. Satisfaction for the Christian should not come from stuff, whether to much or not enough, but from living for the Lord. When this is our intention, the stuff doesn't seem to be of any value. Now some of us use our stuff to minister to others, and some of us horde it, and hide it away, which Ecclesiastes chapter 5 says is vanity. Those that come after us will get our stuff. My hope today is that no matter which side you fall, that you will take a good look at how your living and shoot for righteousness. Who knows maybe your stuff can be of value in the process. Good luck!!
Till next time