And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Luke 12:15
Someone from the crowd shouted to Jesus to tell his brother to divide the inheritance with him.
Jesus did not do it but spoke today’s scripture.
I have officiated the funerals of many friends and acquaintances – ranging in age from a four year old to a one hundred year old.
Never have I described a possession they owned as something the rest desired.
I did not say the four year old had a great bicycle. I did not say the middle-aged man owned a really great pick-up truck loaded with all the accessories.
I never mentioned the finances of the woman lying in the casket before me.
Those things never came to mind.
Others will not remember you for the things you own but by the way you treat them.
For instance, I have a hand-made mantle the one hundred year old man gave to Linda and me. I remember him saying he made it out of scrap lumber. He gave it to us over twenty-five years ago and it is still in use today.
For some I remember the jokes they told or the kindness they showed.
Your life consists of your personality, character, talents, and passions and not in possessions.
Others will remember you more for what you gave away than what you kept. When you give away yourself or help someone with a few bucks, you change another life.
When you give useful advice or teach someone a skill, you change a life.
When you give the message of the Gospel of Jesus to another, you change a life.
I know that one of my best friends in high school was fun to hang with and very talented in artwork and acting. He went on to work for the movie industry.
What I remember most about Steve is he gave me a Christian tract that changed my life.