What a sad world we live in! So many people in the world are materialistic and their whole existence centres around material things. We can spend our entire lives gathering possessions simply because we want them, they are nice to have and to hold and we must have them. It is one thing to want to own something and another to have it out of necessity. In reality whatever we have we will leave behind once we die. So what is the point in having them in the first place unless as I say they are a necessity? To accumulate things for our own pleasure is a desire for many and some will pay exorbitant amounts of money in order to own something. There is a television program here in the UK which is called ‘Flog it‘, one of a few programs concerning antiques, their sale and purchase. One program is called ‘Bargain hunt‘ where contestants search shops or market places looking to purchase something for as little as possible so they can sell it at a profit at auction. Sometimes the things they find turn out to be valuable antiques but that is often a rare occurrence. In the ‘Flog it’ program people are invited to bring into whichever venue in use for the day their possessions in order to have them evaluated with a view to selling them at auction for financial gain. Some items prove to be of little value but sometimes something is brought in which turns out to be the opposite.
In a recent program a lady brought in an earthenware teapot and had no idea of its value, that is what it might sell for. It wasn’t particularly an attractive item, in fact it looked dull and uninteresting but the specialist doing the evaluation thought it might sell for anything between £100 and £150 and it was put up for sale at the auction with a reserve price of £80 so that if it didn’t reach that price it would be withdrawn as unsold. The bidding started as I remember at £100 so at that point it was sold as far as the owner was concerned but the bids kept rising, £200, £220, £240 until finally it reached £900! I couldn’t believe that anyone would pay £900 for a teapot that didn’t look as though it had anything going for it. In the realm of antique teapots however it was something of a rarity and therefore a valuable asset to someone. I imagined the new owner sitting at home surrounded by ‘valuable’ teapots and other material things amounting to a value of tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds and I think to myself, why? It is their prerogative of course but to me it seems so pointless for anyone to surround themselves with material things just for the sake of owning them. The world is going more potty every day.
Jesus urges his followers not to collect “treasures on earth” because the temporary trinkets of the world don’t last. Some break down or rust away. Termites make lunch out of others. Instead, Jesus commands us to seek real profits—not material ones that pad only our wallets, but spiritual ones that benefit our souls. These heavenly treasures represent an investment opportunity too good to pass up. When Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (verse 21), he means that we naturally worship our first love. If we love money and worldly treasures, we can offer God no higher than second place in our lives.
(Taken from Daily Devotionals, biblegateway.com)
1 Chronicles 29:11
Everything we have comes from God. We’re managers or stewards, not owners, of what God places in our trust. The days we live, the positions we fill, the children we nurture, the money in our accounts all belong to God. Of all of these, money is perhaps the hardest for many of us to think of as a trust. We work hard to earn it. We naturally want to keep it. But God assures us he will provide what we need. And the Bible says over and over that we are to give some of our money back to him. Difficult yes, but the money itself isn’t the issue. God doesn’t need our money. He wants what our money represents. He wants our hearts. Don’t build a barricade around your possessions or your heart. Give God your heart and watch how he orders and provides all that you need.
(Taken from NIV Busy Dad’s Bible)