Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 23, 2011

It all belongs to the Lord

Butterfly Ministry by Dr. Sam Smith

Dr. Sam Smith, Guest columnist
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — “To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.”

(Deuteronomy 10:14)

We humans love our stuff, don’t’ we?  Many of us obtain so much stuff that we have to build on extra space to store our stuff.  When those fill up, we rent storage facilities to house our overflow of stuff.   I am as guilty as the next fellow of collecting stuff, but I am happy to say I am getting better.  I am down to two storage buildings and one rental, and I am going to get rid of those in the near future.  I just don’t need all that stuff anymore.  

You want to experience a feeling of freedom?  Unload some of your access stuff.

You want to feel really great?  Give your stuff to someone who really needs it, or sell some stuff and donate the money.  God expects us to share our wealth with others.  He blesses us so we can bless others.  According to His word, it is all His anyway. God owns “the earth and everything in it.”  Our stuff is on loan to us.  Why some have so much more than others depends on many factors, but God has the last word.

You have most likely heard the phrase, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”  Several years ago we decided to downsize.  For various reasons, we wanted to simplify our lives.  We had built a big house on a few acres in the country.  It was a great place, but it was too much to keep and too much to pay for, so we sold it.  There was a big barn on the property, and I had it stuffed with stuff.  We had a sale and hired auctioneers to sell it.  I was amazed at what sold!

I said all that to say that unloading all that stuff was a most freeing experience.  It was like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. My excuse for hoarding stuff has always been that I was so poor growing up that I was reluctant to get rid of anything.  “I might need that sometime,” was my justification for keeping it.  I finally learned that I will never use most of what I kept.  Letting it go felt wonderful.

You have probably heard these sayings, “You can’t take it with you.” and “You never see a u-haul behind a hearse.”   Have you ever considered how much of your time and energy and thought time goes toward your physical possessions?  Those “treasures” we that we have stored up can consume far too much of our time.

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (Matthew 6:19-21)

Maybe it’s time to take inventory of our stuff and decide how much of it we really need.  Then decide if what we keep is worth the time and energy and cost we have to expend to keep it.  We might find that we can live without a great deal of it, and we might find someone who could benefit from it.  I think the Lord would be pleased with that.  It is all really His, anyway.  

"Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all"

(1 Chronicles 29:11).

"'The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,' says the Lord of hosts"

(Haggai 2:8).

Dr. Sam Smith,

Butterfly Ministry,