Life is More Than the Things We Own
Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
What makes for a full life? Is it the home we live in? Is it the car we drive or the vacations we’ve been on? Few people would think that their life is defined by their home, car, or vacations. Yet, many people live their lives in this manner. It’s been said that those possessions we own eventually own us. That is to say, as we attain more and more of the belongings we desire, we can reach a point when the obligations attached to them begin to run our life. For example, a man who buys a sports car might spend all his time working to pay it off without ever getting on the road and enjoying the car he bought. What happens when our life is defined by all the stuff we own?
If this is you, I suggest two things:
· One, at the end of the day, when you put your head on the pillow, your possessions aren’t actually satisfying your soul.
· And two, you are so absorbed in the world’s things that you’ve completely lost sight of the fact that we are meant to live for so much more.
Hear how Jesus put it in Luke 12:23: “Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.”
If you are a child of God, you are not supposed to live a life that is only concerned with material things. You have a Father in heaven that gave His own Son to save you from your sins. He poured out indescribable wealth upon you and now you are one of His own!
People who come to believe that material things are the absolute best things we have in life are going to have an incredibly difficult time parting with those things. Once you realize that life is so much more than material things, you can live generously. In eternity, no one will care about what kind of car you drove or how many square feet your house was. But, one thing that will matter in eternity: Did you look beyond the world’s “stuff” and live the generous life that God treasures?
Today’s Generosity Challenge:
What did the research into a financial planner tell you about your approach to storing up treasures here on earth or in heaven? In your actual estate plan, what are you going to change, what will be your goal to give more? Write down your ideas below.
About Michael Stickler
Mike is an author, radio host, and a highly sought after motivational speaker. His best-selling book, A Journey to Generosity, is widely acclaimed throughout the Christian community. He is the publisher of Generous Living Magazine and writes for the Christian Post, 'A Generous Life' column.