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IT'S MINE

One Solitary Life

He was an itinerant preacher

He never wrote a book

He never held an office

He never had a family or owned a house

He didn't go to college

He never visited a big city

He never traveled two hundred miles

From the place where he was born

He did none of the things

One

usually associates with greatness

by Dr. James Allen

Francis



People continually desire more possessions and greater wealth in order to gain status, recognition and accolades from others."

Gabor

It’s mine! This is usually what we say to describe the things we possess. We forget to mention that these things are merely items borrowed from God's hand.



Unfortunately our

world is designed in such a way that possessing more money or influence can

create large social gaps between people. Just look at how we treat the rich and

those who are well-connected. We admire them, maybe even envy them and in the

end we want to be just like them. This is in our nature. People continually

desire more possessions and greater wealth in order to gain status, recognition

and accolades from others.



We, the youth of

today, are especially enamored by the latest technological devices—our music

players, smartphones, tablets and even our bikes and cars. We show these off

proudly to our friends, bragging that, "I’ve just bought this latest

gadget,” or exclaiming, “Dude, check what else I have." We are inclined to

position ourselves based on the quantity and quality of these possessions.



Let us take a

moment to remember Jesus. He had none of

the possessions that we characteristically adore. No house, no transport, no

support, no money. The famous poem, “One Solitary Life” describes His life on earth

very well:

Amazingly, after 20

centuries we still worship One who had virtually none of the possessions we

have today. He did not idolize any of the things people treasured in His time

here either. He simply used them as tools for service to others, like the time

His disciples collected a coin from the mouth of a fish. He also taught: “For

where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21 NIV).



I would say that

there is nothing wrong with having the possessions we typically have, but the

key here is how we see them and what priority we place on them in our daily

lives. A wise man by the name of Lee J. Colan once said: “The most important

thing in life is to decide what is the most important.”



Most importantly,

we need to put first things first. We need to put spiritual things right on top

in our value system. At the same time we need not worry about our possessions

or our basic needs. God will provide for us if we put Him first in our lives. I

can testify to this: I recently lost my job. Even after several months of

unemployment, God continued to bless us by providing opportunities to earn an

income from several sources, so that my wife and I did not have to lose our

home. When the need became too great, He provided the right job at the right

moment. This experience helped our faith grow enormously.



Jesus encourages us

as follows: "For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly

Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his

righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew

6:32-33 NIV).



David says: “The

earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it”

(Psalms 24:1 NIV). When God provides us with earnings, let's be sure to give honor

to the Lord because it all belongs to Him. Let us return the Lord’s tithe and

give our offerings first, and then only focus on our expenses and purchases.

God will be pleased if we do so. Doing this will have an added effect. It will

reinforce right priorities, i.e. putting Christ first in everything we do,

including managing our finances.



We need to have the confidence that God will provide for His

children in their time of need. Through tithes and offerings God will show His

power and use them, in the right way, at the right time, to save the lost and

strengthen those already found. “The silver is mine and the gold is mine,

declares the Lord Almighty” (Haggai 2:8 NIV). When all is said and done, it is not for us,

but for God, to say: “It’s mine.”

Gabor Nagy

Budapest, Hungary
Random thought...Why don't we practice the kind of communal living and

sharing today which the

early church did?

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October–December, 2012

God's Treasure