My beautiful wife and I possess items that we worked long and hard to obtain, that we searched diligently for and maintain to the best of our abilities and financial resources that the Lord has blessed us with. Few of them, in the greatest regard, are necessary for the continuance of our lives, they are the extras, so to speak, that simply fulfilled a desire, yet none of them are what could be considered “impulse expenditures.”
“And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” (Mark 4:19)
The Lord Jesus Christ did not have a place to rest His head, He did not have a refrigerator or pantry that was refilled each week, we do. What is surprising to me is the items, not all of them of course, that we have accumulated over time that hold little luster in my mind anymore, it is not that I do not appreciate them, or that I would rather do without them, but they are of the world, and I am not.
We are not wealthy by any standards, but I have learned that the word “wealthy” can only be used comparatively, and it is used by the wise man of God in such a way.
“And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” (1st Tim. 6:8)
I do not believe that most of us would.
Billions of funds spent on the homeless, yet the homeless increase in number, while commercials assail us with the next necessary item we must purchase to continue in some semblance of happiness, of contentment. But unless you haven’t been paying attention, many of the homeless seem to collect to themselves the items of the world as well, granted, much is that which has been discarded by those with greater wherewithal than these have, but nevertheless, the accumulation of things seems to be the normal attribute of mankind.
It is not what you own my friends, it is how you perceive those items in your heart.
With clothes and food we are to be content, everything else is an extra. But are these extras in your life a blessing or a burden; that is the question.
If you are so blessed, each week you refill your pantry, but how often do you feel a need to replace that item that you once desired so greatly? How long does it take for the new to become well-worn, to lose its shine, to be replaced with the next new item. Where does your true desire lay?
To do without when one has obtained is a greater trial than to desire that which one cannot obtain.
“Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.” (Eccl. 7:3)
If you take your eyes off Christ, you have no place else to look but at the world, you have no desires left but those of the lust of the flesh.
“And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.” (Mark 2:22)
Our perception of wants is modified by the Holy Spirit by the transforming of our minds, by being shown and realizing the truth that everything in this world is only temporary, and that not only attempting to hold onto them, but the continuous pursuit of more of them is a fool’s errand. Temporary happiness can never contend with eternal joy.
“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” (Rev. 21:5)
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” (2nd Peter 3:10)
If something you own falls apart, replace it if you financially are able to, if something begins to lose its place in your heart, consider why you obtained it in the first place.
Learn to let go, learn to grasp firmly onto that which is eternal.