Wisdom in an Antique Store; The True Value of Possessions

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Wisdom in an Antique Store; The True Value of Possessions

Antique stores are treasure troves of stuff and fun to explore.  Searching through one can be a treat to the eyes, senses and imagination.  You see things made decades if not centuries ago; the wares displayed are a kaleidoscope of colors, textures, shapes and design.

If you use your imagination you can conjure up an image of the people who once owned the items and how they were used.  You’ll notice tarnished silver, rusted metal, worn cloth, chipped china:  all the signs of wear and passing time.  Once these items were new and treasured possessions; valued by those who owned, saved for, and cherished them.  But time has a way of corroding things, life has a way of changing, and treasured items grow old.

We all possess items that we love.  Perhaps it is a work of art, a meaningful gift, an item that reminds us of a loved one, our children’s artwork, a wedding dress, an athletic award, and family pictures. These are treasured memories, important milestones in our lives and they bring meaning and enrichment to our lives.

However, some of us spend our lives working to accumulate more “things”: a bigger house, nicer furniture, a luxury car, jewelry, clothes, fabulous vacation, and all the accouterments of a successful life.  Somehow we feel more secure when our “stuff” is all around us.  We are actually putting our trust, hopes and dreams in things that will someday be gone.

Accumulating a lot of “stuff” and being successful has a way of changing us too.  We can become proud of all we have accomplished, rather than how God has blessed us.  We begin to believe that all be have is the result of what we have done, and we can become self-centered, selfish and arrogant.

In Luke 12:16-21, Jesus tells the Parable of the Rich Fool.  A wealthy man owned land that produced such a large crop that he decided he had to build a new barn in which to store all his grains and goods. He was very proud of himself and all he accomplished so he said to himself, ‘You have plenty of good things laid up for many years.  Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’ 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?  This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”

Jesus was well aware of our tendency to put our values in the wrong places.  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke about where our treasure should lie: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:19-21

Jesus is telling us that the things we should treasure and value are those that we lay in heaven.  We need to be generous toward God, not just live for our personal satisfaction. For as our stroll through the antique store demonstrated, earthly treasure is corruptible, grows old and useless; can be lost and stolen or sold in an estate sale. But Jesus tells us heavenly treasure is incorruptible and eternal.  We all have a choice to make; we need to decide what is truly important in our life.

This is not a ban on possessions for we all have needs that must be met and we are to enjoy the things that God has created as well as plan for the future.  God expects us to work and take care of our needs. “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.” Proverbs 6:10-11 Paul uses stronger words in 2 Thessalonians 3:10If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” The indictment here is the selfish accumulation of wealth rather than the blessing of salvation. “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Mark 8:36

In Matthew 6:21, Jesus is warning us that what we treasure controls us, “For where your treasure is there your heart will also be.” The word heart in Biblical literature refers to the center of our being.  Jesus is asking you what is more important in your core, in your heart of hearts: the stuff of the world or God? “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15

Rather than developing a desire for possessions, Jesus wants us to develop faith, character, love, charity, generosity, and an effective prayer life.  He desires to have a relationship with us and if we let our “stuff” fill all our space we leave no room for Him.

When we put our emphasis on the things of this world, we tend to worry. And worry can really interfere with life, both spiritually and physically.  All our possessions will someday end up in an antique shop, in a trash heap, or belong to someone else and yet we worry about such things. Next time, let’s explore the connection between where our treasure is and why we worry.

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  • Carmen Barron
    August 24, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Amen, Praise the Lord!!

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  • Virginia Keller
    August 24, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Amen to that. These earthly treasures stay here , no taking them with us when we leave this earthly home .

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  • DeborahRichard Deborah Smith Sledge
    August 24, 2012 at 7:04 am

    AMEN!

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  • Anna A Anasia
    August 24, 2012 at 7:07 am

    SHARE THEM WTH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

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  • Anna A Anasia
    August 24, 2012 at 7:08 am

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  • Stephen Therey
    August 24, 2012 at 7:10 am

    amen

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  • Wanda Spraggs
    August 24, 2012 at 7:13 am

    amen

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  • Earl Scott
    August 24, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Awesome and praise the Lord

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  • Earl Scott
    August 24, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Awesome and praise the Lord

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  • Paul L. Booher Jr
    August 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Kind Deeds and Loved Ones, the only treasure you can take with you ! Everything else is just stuff !

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  • Albertha Bell Pressley
    August 24, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Awesome and so true praise God !!!!

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  • Tim S. Allen Sr.
    August 24, 2012 at 8:18 am

    ..PRAISE THE LORD,
    ..AMEN AND AMEN…

    . . . . . . . . . TIM

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  • Pooja Sisodia
    August 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

    praise the lord!!

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  • Elizabeth Quarshie
    August 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Amen

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  • Eva Wilson
    August 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    amen

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  • Betty Yerkes
    August 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Amen!

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  • Manuel Bonilla
    August 25, 2012 at 12:11 am

    amen

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  • Miriam Garcia
    August 25, 2012 at 5:18 am

    AMEN QUE ASI SEA GRACIAS

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  • Ruthie Mills
    August 25, 2012 at 10:03 am

    hallelujah

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  • Patricia Henderson
    August 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Yes worry can but the Lord will come through.

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  • Nancy Adams
    August 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    AMEN

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  • David J Mora
    August 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Amen!!!

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  • DebbiePtak
    August 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    GREAT ARTICLE,VERY TRUE AND INSPIREring ,I NEED TO LET GO OF ALOT OF STUFF.and lead a more simple life,with Jesus.GOD BLESS YOU FOR THIS ARETICLE,VERY EYEOPENING>DEBBIE

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    • Lynn Pharris
      August 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm

       @DebbiePtak Our true treasure should be our relationship with Jesus.  There is a well known story in Luke 10;38-42 concerning 2 sisters, Mary and Martha.  Martha was very distracted by all her preparations for Jesus and was upset that Mary was not helping her.  Jesus make this reply to Martha:  “you are worried and upset about many thing but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.”  If you place Jesus’ statement in the context of our discussion on possessions you can take away the suggestion that we are to chose our relationship with Jesus above our possessions as Mary did.  The choice of Jesus can never be taken from us.

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  • Margie Duncan
    August 26, 2012 at 4:51 am

    AMEN

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  • Sylvia Powers
    August 26, 2012 at 6:44 am

    So very true……..AMEN

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  • Juan Barrios
    August 26, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Me too……, AMEN.

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  • Thomas Bogart
    August 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Most people do put a lot of stock in I own this that and the other thing. Our mind should be on God and how he wants us to live. Of themselves material things are just tools for our use. We need God first in our life ahead of everything else. Thats called honoring God for all He has done for us.

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  • Roberta Bennett
    August 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    AMEN TO THAT SISTER ! WE NEED TO TAKE THOSE THINGS WE DON’T USE AND GIVE TO THE PEOPLE THAT NEED AMEN !!

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  • Krista Kemp
    August 26, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    U OWN NOTHIN HERE ON EARTH U ARE JUST BORROWIN IT WHILE U R HERE!!!!!!!!!

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  • Joseph Grima
    August 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    PLEASE TELL THAT TO ALL THESE PROSPERITY PREACHERS WITH LEAR JETS ,5 MILLION DLR HOMES, HUGE BOATS AND EXPENSIVE CARS AND SO ON. I AM A CHRISTIAN YOU WANT MY ADVICE SELL EVERYTHING ,LIVE A GODLY LIFE AND WITH ALL THAT MONEY FEED THE HUNGRY AND BUILD CHURCHES WERE NEEDED IN THE WORLD. LIARS ARE THEM PREACHERS WHO SAY THAT JESUS OUR LORD WAS RICH IN MONEYS ,THERE ARE LOTS OF VERSES IN THE BIBLE THAT TALKS AGAINST EARTHLY RICHES.THE ONE I LOVE IS THE ONE THAT JESUS TOLD THEM ” LEAVE EVERYTHING BEHIND AND FOLLOW ME,THERE ARE LOTS MORE VERSES THAT SPEAK AGAINST EARTHLY RICHES! WHEN OUR LORD JESUS SPOKE OF PROSPERITY 99 % WAS ABOUT PROSPERITY OF THE SOUL,SPIRIT ,BODY,MIND,AND HEAVENLY PROSPERITY NOT WHO GOT THE MOST TOYS WHICH ARE OR BECOME IDOLS .I SAY SHAME ,SHAME TO ALL OF YOU,YOU CAN FOOL PEOPLE BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU YOUS, YOUS WILL NEVER FOOL OUR LIVING GOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Francis Muscat
    August 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Amen

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  • Patty Waldon Fetters Neighbors
    August 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    beautiful

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  • Jennifer Roquemore
    August 26, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Amen,that’s BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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  • Joyce E Ashley Pugh
    August 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Aman

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  • Janice Simmons
    August 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    AMEN

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  • Janice Simmons
    August 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    AMEN

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  • Duane Gevert
    August 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    “DO NOT store up treasures on earth” where the IRS or NURSING HOME is going to claim it anyways! 🙂

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  • Sandra Warwick
    August 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I dont need treasures,just a lil space in da corner

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