Long ago Agur declared “The leech has two…

Long ago Agur declared, “The leech has two daughters— Give and Give! There are three things that are never satisfied, four never say, “Enough!” (Prov 30:15). Agur’s four were the grave, the barren womb, the earth for water and fire. Claiming no special wisdom, nonetheless, I would add “the average American”. Everyone wants more! It seems we are born with a desire to possess. If a man has one dollar, he wants two; if he has a million dollars, he wants two million. It is human nature! But being “born again” has to do with “renewing the mind” (Rom 12:2). Thus, “all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need”, (Acts 2:44f, See also 4:32). Now, I’m not pushing “all things in common”. If I were, it wouldn’t be long before a church of 400 would be a church of a few. But I insist that a renewing of the mind requires a rethinking of possessions! Of course God declares, “every beast of the forest is Mine and the cattle on a thousand hills“, (Ps 50:10). But He does loan it out to us for awhile. So what am I pushing? What I am getting to is the understanding that possessions are not for possessing! They are for using. They are for accomplishing. They are for glorifying. What do you possess? Do you have an estate? What is it for? I respect a need to meet obligations and to “owe no man anything but to love one another”. But still, what are your possessions for? Once all you needs are obliged and your debts finally settled, what are your possessions for? Will they accomplish? Will they glorify? Or will they continue to be possessions? Why not dream of how many good things you can accomplish with your possessions? This way they can be put in use accomplishing good that glorifies God. Peter told Ananias, “Was it not in your control?” By the way, rethinking possessions, what will we tell the Judge on that day?