Trivial Treasures

This time of year everyone is running lists of the top ten stories of the year, top 40 country and western songs, top fifty easy listening songs…

Well, I have some trivial treasures of my own to share.

The Bible states:

Ecclesiastes 5:10 Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.

It goes on to say:

Matthew 6:19-21 “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 destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Well, here are the TRIVIAL TREASURES as reported by Nancy Gibbs – “One Day in America”

Every day Americans buy:
3,972,603 movie tickets
1,683,835 songs and albums from online resources
568,764 Titleist golf balls
443,650 large french fries at Burger King
160,968 bottles of Absolut Vodka
7,500 Samsung LCD TVs

Wow! That’s a lot of money going out for non-essentials every day, seven days a week, year-round. Speaks volumes about what it is we hold to be important. Afterall, if you want to know what people value look at their timetables (where and what they spend their time on) and their check (cheque) books (where they spend their money). These statistics certainly speak loudly about our consumer society and what we value.

Dare we take a look at what we spend our money on and then compare it to what the Bible says would be a good use of our hard-earned funds and our time (which we can either waste, spend, or invest). I think we would, in general, fall slightly short of the biblical life-style required of those who declare themselves to be disciples of the Lord Jesus.

So, as 2009 fast approaches it might be a good time to have a look at how we use our time – do we waste it, spend it wisely, or invest it in kingdom things? And, how are we using the limited wealth that the Lord has given to us to be good stewards or managers of?

I am reminded of a sermon I preached many years ago now from the Gospel according to St. Luke where it teaches us we are to faithful in the small things, the natural things, and the things that belong to others (even to the Lord). Then He will be able to say “well done good and faithful servant (manager, steward)” and give us much for the little, the supernatural for the natural and what belongs to us as apposed to that which belongs to another.

Something to think about in the lull between Christmas and New Years.

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  1. Sergei
    Sergei says:

    Wow, it seems that movies nowadays are much more popular than LCD TV’s. And Americans should know that french fries do not go well with absolute vodka 🙂

    On a more serious note, my deepest conviction is that one of the most serious problems in today’s western church is materialism which finds its expression in the prosperity “gospel”. People do not want to hear about the cross and sacrifice these days. They want to be “blessed” which to them means an “easy life”. Faith for many is something they do on their leisure time (and they do not have much of it, as there are many other things that claim their leisure time), and not something that defines and shapes their whole life.

    One of the reasons I do not buy pre-trib rapture is that, as I see it, the tribulation is needed for the church to mature. Through many sorrows we enter the kindom of God. The church, as it is today, cannot be raptured. It should be mature. And the tribulation will be a great sifting time – a heat that will ripen crops.

    However, I am saying to the Lord: I do not want to wait for some kind of tribulation. I want to be absolute now. Actually to be faithful is more difficult at the times of ease rather than at the times of trouble. Israel would rebel against the Lord when they had “good times” and their hearts fattened.

    So, may we be found faithful at all times. The Lord is worthy!

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  2. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    Seergei,

    How true that is! It is harder to serve the Lord faithfully when things are going well and things come easily. But during hard times when faith is needed simply to survive – it is during these times that we tend to grow up quickly. Maybe we need to be praying for hard times to come upon the western Church!

    I also believe that the “prosperity gospel” is not the gospel and is simply one of many “other gospels” that Paul warns the Corinthinas about. I beieve that the Christian faith is one of sacrifice and that the primary focus must always be Jesus and not such things as prosperity … and that the secondary focus that naturally (or supernaturally) arises out of this primary focus is to win the lost.

    This is sufficient to keep us busy until He returns or we die and go to be with Him.

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