STS Sundays: Greed


Welcome to my new weekly series, Seeking the South Sundays! Two of my goals for this school year are to not only grow my blog, but my faith as well. In order to not let one overpower the other, I've decided it will help me (and hopefully you!) to talk about Jesus and all things good every Sunday (or more- because He's pretty cool all of the time). 

Sometimes I struggle with the very thin line that separates sharing your faith and "bragging" about your faith. Although it may not be downright bragging, did you instagram that bible verse because it spoke to you, or did you instagram it to show people how "Godly" you are? (yes I instagrammed a bible verse this week- haha!) I'm really going to try to stay within the "share the faith" realm of it all and I'm going to hope that God can help a sista out and make this happen. Sit down and stay awhile!

Being in a new city means not having a church family. Luckily for me, TCU is the best family I could have ever received and there are so many great people here just dying to share their love for the Lord with you! The last two weeks I've been lucky enough to tag along with my thista (this-ta: a Kappa Alpha Theta pledge sister, also known as an unbiological sister) to a church in downtown Fort Worth called Paradox. I'm loving this church because it's very laid back but the messages are always so relatable (even for a sheltered college student like me!) and the pastor has a pretty great sense of humor. If you're in the Fort Worth area and are looking for a new church home, definitely check this place out.

This week Pastor Jim spoke on the topic of anxiety, specifically the anxiety caused by money. I think we're all well aware that when money comes up in church sermons people automatically think the church is "begging" for donations or something of the sort. This was not one of those sermons. The sermon was directed more towards the question of: Are we loving God, or are we loving God's stuff? Because remember: everything we have is God's, not ours. 

Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn't it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. -Matthew 6:19

What exactly is God saying to us in this verse? Basically, why would we hoard (buy) treasure (crap) down here on Earth, where eventually it will be worthless (when we die) or stolen (it's tangible!), when we could stockpile treasure in Heaven? It seems logical when we put it in these terms, but when we try to apply it in life, it's easier said than done. The reason we "stockpile" these treasures is because we think this is our home, that it'll be worth something. What we're forgetting is that we're part of God's kingdom and ultimately Heaven is our home, so why are we wasting time hoarding down here when it won't matter later? Great question. 

Well obviously, it's hard. Everyone's gotta survive here on Earth, and that requires a few necessities. God isn't saying that we need to give everything up and go homeless to serve him, no, he's saying are you buying and buying, stressing about debt, and buying some more? Maybe you're not. Maybe you're not in debt and can simply afford that lavish new Louis Vuitton. Either way, you're not going to have that in God's kingdom, so stop wasting your money and time and spend it on something that's good in God's eyes: generosity. 

Pastor Jim reminded us just how fortunate we are by reminding us that if we (or our parents) make $33,000 a year, we are in the top 1% richest people in the world. That's astounding. I thought this was very fitting in the sense that it's the holiday season (or almost...). Although our Christmas lists may be beginning, filled with Tory Burch riding boots and the iPhone 6, consider how much you really need them. I'm not saying you're wrong to want these things, just remember that others may have food on their wish list, in hopes of surviving another December. How about you downgrade that iPhone 6 on your wishlist to an iPhone 5 so you can use that extra cash to buy someone a meal? Just a thought. There are so many other great thoughts on The Diary of a Debutante's post today. Check it out here

That's enough blabbering for me today. A few closing thoughts: are you serving God or God's stuff? Are you being greedy? Are you being generous? Try to stick with the latter this month and see what happens. 

I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. -2 Corinthians 8: 8-9

Hope everyone has a great rest of your Sunday and a great week! It's almost Thanksgiving- yipee!! Have thoughts on this post you want to share privately with me? Email me at seekingthesouthblog@gmail.com, if you have other thoughts, just comment below! Thanks for reading!


This post was created with the ideas from the sermon by Pastor Jim at The Paradox Church in Fort Worth, TX

8 comments:

  1. Love what you had to say here! Think you made an excellent point about sharing your faith and "bragging" about your faith. I think it can be a fine line too between sharing and shoving, lol. I mean, I always think that the gospel is the best gift I've been given and so of course I want to share it, but I don't want to come off as in-your-face or have people think that they only reason I want to be their friend is because I want to preach to them.
    I also agree with what you said, "it's not wrong to want those things", because it's so true, it's not wrong to want things. But we of course shouldn't covet, and we shouldn't let our desire for STUFF become an overwhelming force in our lives.
    Thanks so much, newest follower here. :)

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    1. I completely agree with you on the sharing and shoving aspect, good point! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  2. Perspective is always key when seeking God and His word. In a season where we spend lots on our wants this blog helps to remind us of all that we have been given and the command by God to steward it well. I thoroughly enjoyed your blog this morning! Keep up the great work!

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  3. I love how you phrased this entire post. I feel like sometimes people sound so lofty and holier than thou when they write about God, but this post wasn't like that and really spoke to me.

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    1. I'm so glad it spoke to you! Thanks for reading!

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  4. Wow this definitely spoke to me! Thank you so much!!

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