Jesus said, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15
I live a privileged life. Plain and simple. And my tendency when I read texts like this is to justify the “stuff” I have. That I don’t have that much. That the stuff I have is necessary. That I don’t over-indulge….. that much. The truth is I like nice things. I like a kept home, and I like decorating it. I like conveniences and efficiency, things that aren’t broken or run down. I like new clothes and I like giving others nice and meaningful things. I like going places and eating good food and experiencing new and different things. And I guess you could say, I have an abundance of possessions. Yes, I have more than most of the world’s population.
And there are times in my life, sometimes daily, that I think that I am defined by these things. Case in point: I drive a Subaru – I’m part of the Subaru “LOVE” family – I do cool things, I’m adventurous, I must be cool. But the truth is, that my stuff doesn’t define who I am and certainly not WHOSE I am (which is why I think Jesus tells us to “Take Care!” Be aware! of our greed for all kinds of things). On the contrary, I have been splashed with the waters of Baptism and am daily reminded that I am a child of God – I might be known as other things; a wife, mother, daughter, sister, a Subaru driver (!) – but I am only those things by the grace of God who entered into my life and loves me for who I am.
Growing up my parents used to say to my brother and me often, “Remember your Baptism.” Now I was baptized as an infant, so when I was young I thought that was a bit odd – how was I supposed to remember when I was 2 weeks old? But as I grew and they continued to tell me to remember my baptism, I realized that what they meant was that I needed tok remember that I was a child of God. It didn’t matter what I was wearing, who I was hanging with, the “stuff” that I possessed; rather, what mattered and matters is where my heart dwells as a child of God. Martin Luther says that where your treasure is, there also will be your heart. God wants my life; God wants to inhabit my heart, and not let other “stuff” become my treasure. So daily, I am called to RYB, remember my baptism. Remember that even though I like nice things (and that’s ok, btw), God is my true treasure, giving me new life each day – a day I’m privileged to share my stuff with others and give God glory for the many blessings that I have.
To God be the glory! Join me today and RYB. peace. prL