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May 9, 2009

Worldliness 2 – God, My Heart, and Stuff

Filed under: Some Famous | Some Not So Famous — pilgrimskeyboard @ 1:54 pm

 Trapped by Something We Don’t Even See

 The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, “What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?” And he said, “I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God. (Luke 12:16-21)


[This is] a simple tale with two brief parts, two characters. Enter the rich man. He’s thinking, “Business is good, and it’s time to consider storage upgrades.” Needing strategic advice to form a business plan, he calls upon the most trusted consultant he knows – himself. Building bigger barns is the reasonable plan he devises for stewarding his increased resources. Inspired by his own genius, he comforts his soul, satisfied that he’s invested wisely and earned a little time off.

Enter the Divine Auditor – and a shocking discovery. The rich man’s number has come up, and it’s time for the great accounting of his investment in heaven. In the only audit that truly matters, the rich man’s portfolio is bare! The stuff he’s acquired in life will go to another. Facing eternity, he stands bankrupt with nothing to show but debts he cannot pay. All he has now is a new name: Fool.

What’s the moral of the story? I believe it’s simply this: covetousness chains the heart to things that are passing away.

Take a look around you. Every object you see is confined to this world. And in the end, every treasured possession remains behind.  … When we seek happiness in stuff, we find that no amount of it makes us happy. Life becomes earthbound and chained to things that are passing away. But when we resist the seducing whisper of worldliness, we discover eternal joy.  |  [Dave Harvey, “God, My Heart, and Stuff,” Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World, C. J. Mahaney ed., (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2008), 98-99, 101.]  


Matthew 6:19-21

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.




  1. In the world we are living in, this is something we need to consider anew. The worldly pleasures the church has focused its attention on for too long now are quickly being stripped away. Will we find that we have anything of true value once all that is gone? I pray that we will shine brighter than ever. Thought-provoking post.

    Comment by Cindy — May 10, 2009 @ 12:01 pm | Reply

  2. Amen and amen! You both know this has been on my heart and mind. My daddy gave us another gift. He said he’s spending our inheritance. LOL He’s giving it to us now. I think that’s wise because I still believe we won’t need a retirement plan. Are we going to go crazy and squander the gift? Of course, not. We’ll be seeking God about how we can share his love. So many people were good to us during seminary, and I have always asked God to allow us to one day be able to meet someone else’s needs. It’s all God’s anyway!

    Comment by April — May 15, 2009 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

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