The Addiction of Acquisition

One of the very wealthy was asked, “How much is enough?” His answer, “Another dollar!” The modern version can include a better home, the latest in technology, a new car, etc. It might also include awards and recognition. Having good things or being honored is not necessarily wrong, as long as they are for God and/or in His will. The wrong comes when we covet or lust for more, for self gratification. A mark of discipleship is being content with and  grateful for what we have. It is being willing for God to grant or withhold as He deems right. Paul gave expression to this kind of attitude in Philippians 4:11-12, “….I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound.” Jesus illustrated the folly of being wrapped up in “things” and failing to deal with matters of the soul, in this parable: “….The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? ….This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater….and I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” (From Luke 12:16-21). Before Jesus gave this parable, He cautioned in verse 15, ….Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” The writer of Hebrews in Chapter 13, verse 5 admonishes, “….be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  Selah! “Things” will be our servants or our masters! If we truly let God own them, they will not own us!  Ron

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