4th December 2019


“Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’”
Luke 12:15 (NIV)

Possession is nine tenths of the law’! This expression is credited as derived from the Scottish expression ‘possession is eleven points in the law, and they say there are but twelve.’

Material possessions cannot be dismissed as unimportant to Christians. We would be naïve to do without a roof over our heads, enough clothing, food, etc. However, most Christians are honest enough to admit that we are susceptible to a material driven society. Each day products are released on the market, new innovations, shiny and enticing goods displayed in alluring fashion. Unless we become hermits and live in complete segregation, we cannot ignore our environment.

God does not want us to live in isolation—how can we extend His love to humanity if we are not part of it? In 2 Corinthians 6 God tells us to come out of idolatry, to have nothing to do with anything that separates us from Him. Therein lies the key to our thinking on possession: to put our God first and foremost. Our merciful God understands that we worry and become stressed over our survival. Jesus said in Matthew 6:31-33 (NLT) “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Our daily focus should be on our Saviour, his example and His sacrifice. This needs to be our ‘possession,’ and our possession needs to be ten tenths of the law!

Father God, thank you for your ownership of us, unworthy as we are. You have called us to be your children. Grant us the strength through your Holy Spirit to put you first in our lives – always.

Study by Irene Wilson

About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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