v 34 You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.
I’m writing these notes in the run up to Christmas and the annual bombardment of gift catalogues. You need … You must have … The essential … get 3 for the price of 2 … and that overwhelming plethora of shiny plastic things. And I’ve been in a home recently that is full of gaudy, useless, end-of-pier gifts to which folk become quite attached. It reminds them of …. Well, you can add your own memory if you want. It all comes as a reminder that we can get attached to ‘stuff’.
So how would you feel if someone came and did a house clearance for you? Would you honestly be able to say ‘when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy’? Our right to ‘Ownership’ is deeply ingrained; it probably began in childhood when we first screamed ‘MINE’. So here is a 21st Century beatitude ‘ God blesses those who hold lightly to personal possessions, for theirs is the deep delight of contentment in belonging to Him.’ A right relationship with stuff sits well alongside our trust in God.