Material possessions. Touchy subject sometimes. We have to remind ourselves that even though we are to be good stewards of the things God has given us, sometimes you have to let go and remember that your treasure is not on this earth. I had to remind myself of that with getting married and having few worldly possessions that they aren’t actually mine! I need to be willing to give everything I have away if Jesus asked me to. That includes money! We live in a world of such entitlement that everyone just thinks you need a Mobil phone, or a new pair of shoes. I’m so guilty.
I have taken the love languages test (and would highly recommend everyone do it!) and my testing came out as follows
Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
Gifts at the bottom of the list meaning I appreciate gifts but don’t need them to feel cared for, I’d rather you and I go for coffee and spend tiiiime together! But something I’ve noticed about myself is that I love to give gifts (most of the time)! Which is a little contradictory but its my way of telling people I care for them if I am not able to get together with them. For me it can be a simple chocolate bar, yet the fact that I gave it to them blesses my heart. I honestly would give an arm and a leg for my friends.
So how does that tie into your treasure not being of this world. Well I have been personally effected by someone holding back their money from helping me out only to turning around and get something for another friend that was expensive and probably not necessary. That hurt, even though gifts isn’t my love language it taught me a lesson. Up till that point I would’ve quit my job if it would’ve helped that person out, yet it really made me look at myself and how I viewed my possessions.
Do I selectively give? Or do I freely give?
Do I think of my possessions as mine? Or do I think of my possessions as Gods?
Do I hold onto possessions in my heart? Or can I let go of material possessions?
Do I steward the money and things God has given me? Or am I throwing that stuff around willy-nilly?
God tells us in the bible that we need to give freely because we received with what He freely gave us. That doesn’t just apply to worldly possessions though, that applies to the gospel. He freely gave love and so must we. He freely gave His life, even for the person that ditched Him for another, so we as Christians must to! As hard as this is to swallow in lots of cases! He was perfect and so must we be striving for perfection. We will never reach that point yet it is our goal, life is pretty pointless without an end goal. He gave us our goal through how He lived His life, our standard. He didn’t value material possessions as things worth crying over, He valued souls. What do you value?