Are You Content?

I Am a Materialist

I like stuff and lots of it.  As you know I play guitar and I suffer from a common ailment amongst guitar players call G.A.S. (Gear Acquirement Syndrome).  At the moment I own five guitars, one bass, two pedal boards (technically three), two amps and a gym bag full of guitar stuff.  At one point, before we had kids and a house, I changed guitars once a year and I’ve had three other amplifiers, etc., etc.  We won’t talk about my cameras, stereo amps, speakers, etc.   So, this leads into this week’s scripture passage:

15 Then Jesus said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.  17He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’  18“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.  19And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’  21“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” – Luke 12:15-21 (NIV)

Now anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not exactly rich.  In fact I’m rather broke.  I’m hoping to be able to retire when I’m 85 years old.  Fortunately, I love my work and the community I serve.  But, being broke doesn’t preclude greed or lust for more.  It just means I can’t replace a guitar every year like I used to, though if I could, I probably would – I tried a Martin D18 a few months back – Heaven!

I think sometimes, not having the means intensifies the desire.  I would like to say that if I had money I would be generous with it, but that is probably not true.  In fact sometimes I think that God has deliberately kept me away from money, because He knows I would just squander it.

Now normally at this point in a devotional I would ask the question, “What about you?”  But, it is not my intent to spread my guilt onto you.  You probably suffer enough as it is.  However, I will ask you this question, “Are you satisfied?”  The apostle Paul wrote this from prison,

12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)

So, I certainly can’t declare my righteousness in this, but I do desire to be content in all situations, at least on a personal level.  I confess that injustice continues to inflame my soul and I hope that never dies out.

So, if you want more come out this Sunday to The Sunday Gathering at The Journey.

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  • Kevin.

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