I hope the Scripture passages helped you think through possessions from the angle of contentment. This study overlaps with the previous Bite Size Study Clutter Tolerance, but I think it gives some additional perspective.
Matthew 6:19-21, 24-25
This passage became especially real to me about 30 years ago when we moved into our government quarters in Ft. Leavenworth, KS and found that the previous occupants had unknowingly left behind a little bug (probably brought from overseas) that ate wool.
Before we were able to completely fumigate our quarters and belongings, this little bug had destroyed hundreds of dollars of our belongings.
If you want to read the whole story, it's here: This Story Will Bug You.
It's so true that our heart will follow our treasure. That's one reason I have Matthew 6:21 above my mantle--as a daily reminder. (You can see my mantle HERE).
1 John 2:15-17
This passage contains a good list of things that bring discontent:
- physical lusts (e.g. food, sex)
- visual lusts (e.g. pornography, material things)
- things that build self-pride (e.g. position, power, awards)
Same Old Lies and
Satan is Not God's Opposite.
Paul knew what he was talking about in this passage. Just because someone serves the Lord, it doesn't mean the going will be easy. Many modern missionaries understand the struggle of living on very little like Paul. Some of our modern missionary problems stem from stinginess in the church.
According to Barna Research, only 12% of those identifying themselves as born again Christians give 10% or more of their income to charities.
Imagine what work could be done for the needy and the Kingdom of God if the other 88% of born again Christians gave at least 10% to Kingdom work.
Copyright 2013, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted