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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– Also, regard not your stuff. A man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses. – Genesis 45:20 and Luke 12:15

– “That’s all your home is – a place to keep your stuff; while you go out and get … more stuff. Sometimes, you gotta move into a bigger house. Why? Too much stuff.” – George Carlin

We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out (1 Timothy 6:7). However, in between the cradle and grave – all it can seem like we do for much of our time on earth is buying, carrying around, and taking care of – stuff. Stuff is defined as material or matter of an indeterminate or irrelevant nature – and yet so many of us often let our stuff determine our relevance and nature in life by it. Sometimes, the amount and quality of our stuff determines our status in our own minds – and in the eyes of others. However, nothing is ever new to God (Ecclesiastes 1:9, Ecclesiastes 3:15). People’s stuff has been around since Biblical times.

The second reference to stuff in the King James Version was when God told Abraham and his people not to regard it – for the good of all the land of Egypt was already theirs (Genesis 45:18-20). They didn’t need their stuff to get it from God. The last mention of stuff in the Bible is a stern warning from our Father in heaven about our stuff: But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom – it rained fire and brimstone from heaven – and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day when he shall be upon the housetops – and his stuff in the house – let him not come down to take it away (Luke 17:29-31).

Almost all of us have stuff – some more than others. Many times we can even feel stuck with our stuff. We know we probably have too much – and would probably like to get rid of some – but we try to find ways that ensure we don’t take too much of a loss on the initial investment spent on our stuff. We even spend money to protect our stuff while we try to decide what we might want to do with it later on. Entire businesses are based on insuring our stuff. So we stack it, stash it, and save it. Entire industries are built on storing our stuff. Entire cable TV shows such as Storage Wars, Hoarders, and American Pickers are centered around the many aspects of stuff.

As Christians, our stuff distracts us from fully serving the Lord. Even when we are stirred together to do work for our churches – we can have too much stuff to do it. In the book of Exodus, all of the wise men in the sanctuary told Moses that the men and women of the congregation were bringing in much more than needed for the service of the work the Lord had commanded them to make. So Moses gave orders and caused them to be proclaimed throughout the camp of his people – restraining them from bringing in any more material. For the stuff they had was sufficient enough for all the work to make it – and it was already too much (Exodus 36:4-7).

Because it’s fleshly and worldly – stuff can easily stagnate our spiritual growth as Christians. Striving for more can give birth to hoarding. It can become a form of mental illness. However, some people store up stuff in hopes it will be a hedge of protection for them in the future if things get financially tough – for they can just start selling off some of their stuff. God warns us all about storing up earthly riches to our own hurt (Ecclesiastes 5:13-14). There are even people right now trying to amass provisions – and building shelters for them – as protection against the end times. Their damnation is already certain (James 5:3).

Perhaps the best Biblical story to sum this all up is the parable Jesus told the disciples about the rich fool. This man’s grounds had brought forth a plentiful harvest. He thought to himself saying, “What shall I do – because I have no more room to bestow all my fruits?” And he said, “This will I do – I will pull down my barns and build even greater ones – and there I will bestow all my fruits and goods. And I will tell my soul – soul, you have many goods laid up for many years – take your ease and eat, drink, and be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool, this night your soul will be required of you – and then where shall these things be which you have provided?” (Luke 12:18-20).

The man’s barns were brimming to the beams – be he was only rich towards himself with all his stuff. It was not going to bring his soul back or buy him any more time on earth. It’s the same for all of us as well – we are either rich towards God with all our stuff – or to ourselves (Ecclesiastes 5:9, Luke 12:21, 1 Corinthians 10:24-26, 2 Corinthians 8:12-14). Our Father only requires a continually obedient, repentant, and willing heart to serve Him – not our stuff. One day our souls will be required of us. Will God find us to have been fools with all our worldly possessions? For all of it stays behind when we go – and it won’t be able to save us on that day (Matthew 16:26).

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