Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
Sometimes, if we don’t use our common sense,
What we own could end up owning us.
Possessions can posses us to the point that we are just polishing the brass on a ship that is currently sinking. We are buffing a car that is going to be mangled in an irreversible crusher.
I’m all for taking care, being good stewarts of what we own, however there is a fine balance between focusing on material “things” paid for by cash that are temporal and gifts given that are eternal.
A few verses come to my mind:
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:31-33 NLT
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:6-9 NLT
What God plans & has for us has nothing to do with anything we can actually see with our eyes or touch with our hands.
Today He has brought me to the point of realizing He bought me with a high price, the life of His own son who paid a great debit to give me so much more than what is around me right now.
People love to say,
Ya can’t take it with you.
But that is not entirely true, you can take somethings with you, those things are all spiritual treasures & people who share those same treasures.
The Bible is very clear about heaven and who & what is welcome there. I will take with me praise & admiration for Christ to heaven with me & be joined by everyone who acknowledges Him.
How wonderful it will be someday to be in His actual presences. In the mean time may His presence be in me and seen by those who see me.
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 1 John 4:16-17 ESV
This old house (my body) will decay & be destroyed but His temple (my body) is renewed day by day until eventually I will live in a new home with a new name written in Glory.
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT
In Christ, Beetle