November 8, 2019

Rerun from Daily Devotional November 16, 2016

Judy is one of the volunteers who sits at the receptionist desk and greets people as they come into the church.

Monday, Judy was volunteering at the church office. I happened to notice her brightly colored earrings and said, “Where did you get those earrings. Shannon would love to have a pair of those.”

Judy said, “I don’t know.” And then she started taking the earrings out of her ears. She said, “I’ll give them to Shannon.”

This act of generosity caught me completely by surprise and I asked her to keep her earrings. But wasn’t that a generous thing to do?

It’s clear to me that Judy owns her earrings, they don’t own her.

I’m not sure I’d be willing to so freely give up my truck, tractor, house, cows, fountain pen, or so many other things in my life that may own me more than I own them. This isn’t right.

Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)

So do your possessions own you or do you own your possessions? With God, there’s only one right answer.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, please help me to always remember that my primary allegiance must be to you instead of my possessions. Help me to see what really matters and what doesn’t. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

I think this next Sunday, when Martha pulls into the parking lot, I am going to walk up and say, “Where did you get that Porsche? Shannon would love to have one.”

It doesn’t hurt to try.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins