Monthly Archives: February 2010

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This past Sunday, we did a Pastors On the Hot Seat sermon. For 2 weeks we collected anonymous questions from the congregation. Dave, Scott, and I took time answering some of those questions in place of the sermon on Sunday. (I highly recommend you check out the podcast if you weren?t able to be here). In efforts to answer as many questions as possible, we?re doing a special series here on the blog this week. Each day, we will post a question and some of our thoughts on how to answer it. We hope you?ll check back often and join in on the discussion!

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Question #1
?Is it wrong to want earthly things? (i.e. money, possessions, travel, etc.)

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This is a very good, but broad question, I?ll do my best to provide some general principles that help us understand this issue from a Biblical perspective. I?m immediately reminded of the story of King Solomon. Talk about a guy who had it all: money, power, fame, women (lots of “wives”). Yet in Ecclesiastes, Solomon concludes that none of this satisfies. He says in Ecc 5:10, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.” So, I think we need to first understand that material possessions will never satisfy us. So, if we are wanting them because we think they are going to make us happy, we need to rethink that. (Personally, I have to constantly be reminded of this fact!)

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The second point that comes to mind is what Jesus says in Luke 16:13, “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” The question being, what is your priority in life? Is it loving and serving God, or is it about money/material things? God wants and deserves our full devotion, so we need to be careful to make sure we are making our relationship with Him our number 1 priority (this applies to any area of our lives, not just money/material things).

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So, the short answer to the question is: It?s ok to want earthly things as long as they don?t become our priority in life (and I would add that they don?t detract from our relationship with God). This leaves a lot open to interpretation. It would certainly be easier to have a simple yes or no, but scripture doesn?t give us that. Jesus is very clear about the dangers of wealth and material possessions, yet doesn?t out right condemn them. I think each one of us needs to wrestle with this idea in our lives and really take a look at our motives for wanting these things. Ultimately, each of us will be held accountable for how we spent our life on earth (including how we used our money…the word stewardship comes to mind…but that?s for a different post).

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Grace,
?Chris