The God of Stuff
1 John 2:15-17. BSB. "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not from the Father but from the world. The world is passing away, along with its desires; but whoever does the will of God remains forever."
This is how I see it. Everybody is so doggone bogged down in the world and all their "Stuff." Stuff is capitalized because it is the god, isn't it?
You can have all the "praise the Lord religianity" both old and new that there is, and mostly it's still about the god of this world and the rest of the pantheon of Stuff, if the heart - the innermost being - is not changed. Or it's about being somebody or something other than what's in the present.
Many seem to have their own "Green Movement" - ever wanting to move to where the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
I pray that the day will come when Christmas is about Christ coming to the stable of the heart, and being not only First Love but Only Love, THE Beloved! A celebration of Him and not Stuff, on an ongoing basis throughout life.
Maybe that day is not far off, but oh - the prying of Stuff from bloody fingers and fists that cling that may have to come first! Even among the people who don't have Stuff; it doesn't matter; they worship what they don't have, wishing away their life, grabbing onto their illusions.
May Stuff be the butt kicker we need, since so many codependently enable him!
As they say, be careful what you wish for when Stuff is the object. Meantime, let's put up some more storage buildings for our Stuff, where it may be enshrined in the darkness it comes from.
Evil will have its purpose, as it did with Job. Sometimes folks need a wake up call, when they realize that things are not as they seem.
I can recall mine. Actually it required about 3 good "jolts" over a few years. Literally. Enough to make someone realize that evil is real. But it has been permitted entrance for a wake up call and repentance. As long as things are comfortable, no one will leave the couch of convenience.
Am I on some sort of a roll tonight? It would seem so.
If the shoe fits, wear it.
"Of course, godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, so we cannot carry anything out of it." 1 Timothy 6:6,7. BSB.
Contact: Comments ONLY. Add specific link when making comment. English only. Ads, spam, and rudeness will be deleted and blocked. https://www.at-the-crossroad.com/431864242