Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Surrendering Our Stuff
Today as I drove around town picking up gifts for a wedding and my sons birthday party I was totally blessed to have caught James MacDonald's 'Walk In the Word' program--he was preaching on 'Surrendering Your Stuff'.
What a great message at Christmas time! Here is the typical American home:
We cannot afford it FINANCIALLY. (Americans are up to their necks in debt because of all the stuff we buy)
We cannot afford it SPACE-WISE. (We actually have to rent storage spaces to hold all our stuff)
We cannot afford it SPIRITUALLY. (Our stuff hinders us from walking fully with the Lord)
We pass this foolish cycle onto our CHILDREN. (How much stuff do your children have? Do they appreciate it?)
We KEEP OURSELVES AND OUR CHILDREN FROM GOD WITH OUR STUFF. (We do it everyday when we put our things first before God.)
I loved it! Last week we gave away over 20 bags to the Salvation Army and it felt soooooo good! I cannot wait to do more. It really makes you reevaluate what you buy at Christmas time and consider what matters most. It is so easy to be drawn into all the marketing of Christmas and forget the real meaning.
It's easy to be drawn into all the glamor of Christmas and equating gifts with love for others. But this is not what Christmas is about.
It's about Jesus.
And that is where we need to keep the focus at. To actually give the gift of Jesus to someone this Christmas. This will look different for different families---but serving and giving are central to sharing his message. Adopt a widow or a family in need, go to a nursing home and share cookies and sing to the lonely, donate monies to a charity, bake for your neighbors and attach the gospel to it, volunteer in a soup kitchen---just remember to share Jesus all year round!
So, if you have about 20 minutes and like being rebuked by good, strong preaching and are overwhelmed by your stuff and Christmas, be sure to listen to 'Surrendering Your Stuff' Part 2'.