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Theme of the Week: Freedom from Stuff
Thursday, March 6, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised." (Job 1:21, NIV)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 39:4-6

Even when we get what we desire, when we find something we really like and purchase it, we should be conscious that this new possession is only ours temporarily. When Paul challenged Timothy to a lifestyle of contentment, he drew upon the logic of transience—not simply that our stuff will come and go but that we come and go. He reminds him, "For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it" (1 Tim. 6:7, NIV et al.).

[This idea] first comes to us from the story of Job, the man of great wealth who gets financially wrecked in a single day. When Job learns that he has lost everything, he exclaims [in today's Key Bible Verse], "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised." Job's comment about entering the world with nothing and leaving with nothing became a common Jewish saying that Paul borrows as he reasons with Timothy.

"Timothy," he is saying, "remember this. We enter the world with nothing. We leave with nothing." Feel the weight of this pronouncement. Its gravity is intended to sober us as we measure the time and energy spent accumulating stuff. [continued 3/7]

—Jeff Manion in Satisfied

My Response: How much time do I spend accumulating stuff? Do I need to make adjustments?

Thought to Apply: [Contentment] makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.—Benjamin Franklin (scientist, publisher, diplomat)

Adapted from Satisfied by Jeff Manion (Zondervan, 2014) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, keep me from getting caught up in a consumer mentality, collecting stuff for stuff's sake. Help me to spend less on myself and my wants so that I might have more to give to others.

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