“So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.”
The luxury car commercial boldly stated “This is the first car that will own you.” Although people have been owned by their cars since they were invented, the announcer was expressing a startling truth: possessions can possess us. How many times have we come to realize that our car, house, clothing, or other stuff was dictating where we spent our time, money, and affection? It’s startling, isn’t it? Jesus warns us against such dangers. He knows that we could actually go as far as making our possessions an idol – an object of worship. Here are some simple test questions to see where we stand with our possessions. What things am I unwilling to share with others? What things get in the way of spending time in prayer or the Word? When is the last time I gave something of great value to someone in need? How much time do I spend maintaining my things? Do those things take priority over people?