This week we are reminded that tre wisdom is conducting our lives by the standards of Jesus Christ. It is being faithful to God and avoiding death and destruction. According to James 3 when we are able to avoid or overcome bietter envy, selfish ambition and jealousy (immature faith) we exercise true wisdom.
Such wisdom will lead us to life, yet many today because of greed lose the opportunity for life. We are prepared to take off or lay aside that clothe of compassion, kindness, meekness and patience, that love that was so freely given to us by God, the Father. We give up friendship with our fellow human beings, turn our backs on God for instant satisfaction, we want to eat drink and be merry. We do not remember that the wrath of God will come on those who are disobedient (Col 3:6). We do not remember that those who store up treasures on earth for themselves will soon lose them (Luke 12:21). Like the fool we "do whatever it takes" - we lie, defame the character of others, we steal, covet, murder to gain things or positions. We store up treasures thn what? We die, sometimes even before we can complete the storing up and, those coming after us are left to enjoy or destroy it. We fail to recognize that "life on earth is a temporary assignment" (Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life, 2002:47). We do not recognize the vanity in earthly treasures and the need for us to work for that which will endure.
We need to bear in mind that Jesus's admonition to those hooked and anxious about worldly possessions, "Take care. Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions." While we store up stuff for the future, we are seduced to believe that our life is our own; we can do what we please with it. When in fact, we are the Lord's, created for His glory (Romans 11:36). Our life is on loan and what matters is what God sees us doing.
Thus, our concern must be 'are we being good stewards? Are we using the things the creator has made available to us in such a way that God's Kingdom is seen, felt and experienced here on earth; using the resources on loan to us to help to bring relief to the poor, comfort to the uncomfortable, social justice to those who are being oppressed, light to those who are in darkness; investing them so that our Provider will receive returns on the investment? Or are we storing up treasures on earth for ourselves where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal (Matt. 6:19)?
Christian brothers and sisters, we are sojourners here on earth, stewards of God's creation for a short time. We will soon hear "this moment your life is required;" "your loan payment is due." When this call is heard wouldn't you like to hear "well done, you have made the most of it; you have fed the hungry, you have visited the sick, you have brought release to the captive, you have opened the eyes of the blind; you have used your gifts to do good for God?
Do remember our life does not consist in the abundance of our possessions, but in what we do with them. Let us use our resources wisely and store up treasures for ourselves in heaven.