In another post I said I would work on this one, so here it is. It is a tough one though, so be warned.
God gave you everything, without Him, you would have nothing. I do not think that should be too hard to accept.
Living here has taught me that a lot of things I thought I needed, I do not really need. Not that we have it hard at all, but life is not the same.
So, what I mean to say is, “You do not need it.” Seriously. Start listing some things in your head that you need…
If you get past water and food, only occasionally, you have gone too far.
So all that stuff you have, that you do not need, God wants you to use it for Him.
The whole purpose of life is serving God. I just finished a morning devotion here at AIM-IS on the subject, and it is amazing how woven through the bible the subject is, but it receives very little attention.
Genesis 2:15 God put man in the Garden to serve, the curse broke this relationship.
Exodus 8:1 The purpose for freeing the Israelites was so that they might serve God. The passover accomplished this.
We are supposed to “wait on” the Lord.
Wait on: to perform the duties of an attendant or servant for.
Luke 1:74 The reason for God sending a savior was so that we would be restored to a right relationship with God, to serve Him.
Hebrews 9:14 The reason for Christ’s death was so that we could once again serve God.
Revelation 22:3 Once the curse is gone, we shall serve God for eternity.
If that is our purpose for being here, then everything we are, everything we have, is meant to serve Him. If the stuff you have, the time you are spending, is not serving God, then it is a misappropriation of His resources. You are stealing from God. So get busy using it for Him, or get rid of it.