Abundance of Possessions

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Luke 12:15

15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

This verse stands against what much of the world feels about Christmas. Christmas has become a holiday of shopping, giving and acquiring. American families spend an average of over $800 on Christmas gifts. Do we really believe that our lives do “not consist in the abundance of our possessions”?

I think we like to say we don’t care about possessions, but if we look at all of the abundance we have in our lives, it would tell a very different story. Covetousness is “marked by inordinate desire for wealth or possessions or for another’s possessions”1 Do you have a an inordinate desire for possessions or for someone else’s possessions? We can be covetous when we want stuff too much or are jealous of what others have. Can covetous describe you?

How do you handle your possessions? Ever since my girls were little, we always had them sort through their toys before Christmas and donate those they no longer played with before the onslaught of new toys came. As they have gotten older, they do the same with their clothing and we donate it to a local Christian organization.

We need to understand we are not defined by what we possess and be on guard against this thought process. If we want to truly live our lives as though our possessions don’t define us, we need to take a serious look at how much we possess. I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to collecting stuff and this verse was very convicting for me this morning.

Take stock of your possessions. Do you have an abundance? Are there things you could donate or share with others? Are you covetous? Spend some time with the Lord and let Him search your heart on this topic and be obedient to what He would have you do about it. Find a way to be more generous with others so you can truly live your life not defined by your possessions.

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6 thoughts on “Abundance of Possessions

  1. With the craziness of the world it’s easy to lose focus. In my current situation I often think about possessions, what I have vs what those around me have. Currently I am without my own home. I have been homeless for coming up on a year. I tend to focus on the opposed to the fact that my mom and grandma have opened up their home to us so that we have roof over our heads. I think the problem is that we as a society focus on what we feel we deserve instead of the blessings of The Lord. My long winded answer to your question is yes because of The Lord I do have an abundance!

    • Pen of the Sheep, you certainly have a better perspective on accumulating possessions than most. Sometimes the more we have, the more we want. Instead our attitude should be to be content with what we have. Have a blessed day!

  2. Shelly, what a great reminder. When we think about those in other countries who have so little, we need to be more grateful than ever for the many blessings and abundance God has given us. That gratitude can be displayed in generosity to others. Blessings to you Shelly.

    • Julie, exactly – we need to be content and grateful for what we have. May we all be more generous to those in need. Blessings!

  3. Thanks for your challenge today… to look for opportunities to be a blessing

    • Heidi, it is something we should all be challenged with – a way to bless others. You have already accomplished it by blessing us with your blog!

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