Of what does your life consist?
Sounds like a strange question, doesn’t it? But I was reminded of it while reading Jesus’ words to a crowd in Luke’s gospel today: “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions” (Luke 12:15).
I remember when I was younger, in college and early in my business career, and I would find myself in a great many places to meet new people. We would strike up conversations to learn just a little about each person’s life, usually asking about the other’s major or occupation or hobbies or family. If the conversation drifted from those topics, it almost always drifted to something related to possessions: cars, boats, houses, kitchen appliances/tools (I liked to cook), etc.
So, I wonder, by the way we live our lives, in/of what would others think our lives consist?
– Our televisions?
– Our books?
– Our computers?
– Our phones (especially if we keep our heads buried in them)?
– Our cars, boats or other vehicles?
– Our houses?
– Our relationships with other people?
– Our relationship with God?
I often find it helpful to consider what I believe my life is about and compare it against what others would likely say my life is about by looking at how I live. If the two aren’t the same (or at least similar), chances are I am somehow deceiving myself or, at the very least, I am not making my choices based on what I believe is most important to me.
One final thing: Just out of curiosity, when Jesus said life does not consist in the abundance of material possessions, what do you think he was sating life DOES consist in/of? – Pastor Brad