Yesterday I read an email devotion that got me to ponder about how much money and material posessions we actually need in life. How much money do we really need?
This led me to think about why I need money in the first place:
1. To survive (although what everyone considers essential items is very subjective)
2. To feel secure (this includes making others feel secure)
3. Children’s future
4. To buy things to bring happiness
I thought about the last item and came to the conclusion that anything I buy would only bring temporary joy, so I struck it off my list.
The email tells the story of one man who was offered a piece of land. All he had to do was to pay 1000 dollars and he could get as much land as he wanted. The catch is he must walk around and mark the boundary before sunset.
The story goes on to say that the man became greedier and greedier as he started walking. When it was nearly sunset, he ran faster and faster to cover his boundary. In the end, he collapsed and died because he did not stop to take care of himself. The sun set, and all the man ended up with was the piece of ground where he collapsed, and they buried him there.
This story is an analogy for life. We can have anything as long as we work for it. The catch is we must do it before our sunset (death). In the end, we actually end up with nothing.
The email goes on to share a parable Jesus told in Luke 12:16-21.
A rich man’s land was very productive. He thought to himself, “What should I do, since I don’t have anywhere to store my crops? I will do this,” he said. “I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods there.”
“Then I’ll say to myself, You have many goods stored up for many years. Take it easy; eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.”
But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?”
That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.
Very strong words to think about.
One of the songs our band always plays, Lord I Offer My Life to You has this bridge:
What can we give, that You have not given?
What do we have, that is not already Yours?
All we possess are these lives we’re living,
And that’s what we give to You Lord…
Dear God, forgive me for misplacing my priorities regarding money. Thank You for this reminder. Help me be a good steward of what you have given to me from now onwards.