When my second so, Andrew was small, he liked to dress up. Usually it was in some form of super hero or warrior costume. And he liked to be armed. Plastic knife. Gun, some weapon. He added to the ensemble with sticks and homemade clubs and swords. Darkwing Duck was famous at the time, and his theme was “Let’s Get Dangerous.” I remember Andrew walking into the room armed to the teeth as a little guy saying, “Wet’s get dangerwus.”
One day when he was about four or five, he found this great stick. Perfect war club. About a foot and a half long, on the end this great gnarled head. It looked just like what I would picture as a shillelagh.
Everywhere Andrew went he took that club. Slept with it at night. Real love affair. He taped a handle so that it really looked like a weapon.
One day he was in a ninja costume carrying his club swinging it. He crawled up into my lap, looked at the club then up at me, “Dad, if I die with this club in my hand will it go to heaven with me?”
What a great question. It’s easy to get so attached to the stuff that you almost wish you could take it with you.
There are a lot of people so attached to the things of this life that they live as if they were going to take it with them.
Enough is never enough. Let’s have balance. It’s perfecty fine to own things. The key is, don’t let your stuff own you. God gives us stuff to use for his purposes. When we get comsumed with them and want our stuff more than him, then it becomes a problem. Greed steps in and starts to take over.
I distinctly remember reading that J. Paul Getty, the richest man in the world at the time, had a payphone installed in his home for his guests.
Listen to what the Bible says about Greed.
(Ephesians 5:3) But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints;
(Colossians 3:5) Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
Greed isn’t even to be named among us as Saints! They might say a lot of things about people in the church but surely they could never say that we are greedy! So enjoy your stuff, but keep it in perspective.