Our church has a ‘stuff’ problem.
We’ve got a few self-storage units, a few sheds, and even some of my garage devoted to holding our stuff. And we aren’t even a big operation. OK… so we DO have some valuable things (stained glass windows, antique church furniture, sentimental items)… but most of it we could do without. I mean, I figure that after a few years in storage we will have paid more to store the stuff… than the stuff itself is worth.
I think many of us, in our personal lives, has a stuff problem… it’s one of the hallmarks of our materialistic culture. I know for myself… if I’m not cleaning out our closets and the garage every six months… we get buried in stuff.
Maybe one of the pieces of Jesus’ wisdom we most need today is his call for simplicity in living. Many places in his teaching he talks about the dangers of wealth and stuff (it makes us a prisoner to our own selfishness), the virtues of giving our things (and ourselves) away to others, and having our ultimate worth be counted not in our stuff… but in our love for God and others:
From Luke 12:33-34
Sell your possessions and give alms. Make purses for yourself that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.
Do you got stuff?
Or does stuff got you?