I don’t know why such things stick out to me but a couple of weeks ago I was slowing down at a red light when I noticed the car ahead of me – a PT Cruiser. The first thing I noticed was a Christian “fish” symbol on the back.
That’s not so unusual. Lots of people have them on their cars. What seemed strange to me was the combination of this symbol and the license plate which read:
When we accept God’s gift of salvation and give ourselves to follow Jesus, we are surrendering not only our sins but our entire life and all of our possessions. So why identify yourself (fish symbol) as a follower of Jesus and then blatantly acknowledge that the car is yours?
Now, I’m not passing judgement on this person because that responsibility is God’s alone, but it does raise the question – who has ownership of our possessions, God or us?
And since this is the first day after Christmas – the day we celebrate Jesus’ birthday by giving each other new stuff – perhaps its a good time to ask ourselves…
… who owns it?
Here’s a question we all need to ask ourselves from time to time: Why do I have so much? …We need to slow down occasionally and force ourselves to wrestle with that question.
Why? Because a consumer-driven culture keeps us laser-focused on what we don’t have, and focusing on what we don’t have leaves our hearts vulnerable to greed… If God has blessed you with more than you need, it’s so that you can share your abundance with those who have need. Embracing that simple truth is the key to ridding your heart of greed.
Guilt is conquered with confession. Anger is conquered with forgiveness. Greed is conquered with generosity. Generous giving will break the grip of greed on your life. So whether or not you think you have extra, give and give generously.
~ Excerpted from Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley
Let’s be honest. Few of us will spend money this Christmas on things that we really need. Most of what we buy will fall under the umbrella of want.
Why not challenge your family and friends to sort through their stuff prior to Christmas and give away 4 or 5 things that others can use. Places like Goodwill and the Salvation Army are great destinations for such things.
And who knows, sorting through all our stuff might give us a deeper appreciation for the priceless gift of Jesus this Christmas!