He (Jesus) told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one: “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds…The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.” – Matthew 13:1, 22
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of “stuff.” By stuff, I mean material things I have purchased over the years. In fact, my collection of “unused stuff” gathering dust in my house, was a major stimulus to suggesting we have an all church rummage sale this past spring. As I was looking around at my house, I saw many items that I had used once or twice, or may have used at one time, but my situation has changed, and I no longer use them. They are stuffed on shelves in closets, or in plastic tubs in the basement. I even had items that I had purchased at one time or another, but then never really used. And by the turn out of “stuff” we received for that fund raiser, I suspect many of you have extensive collections of “stuff” that have accumulated in your houses too.
In a culture where having “enough” seems to have become a never-ending pursuit, Jesus’ parable remains incredibly relevant. Many of us are chasing the American dream in ways that lead to stress, anxiety, and fear—thorns that can rob us of the ability to enjoy the abundant lives of purpose that God intended for us.
All of us have struggled with these issues at one time or another. They are important issues that we cannot ignore. This is why, for the last 3 weeks in September, we will be having a worship emphasis based on a book by Adam Hamilton called: Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity
During those 3 weeks, we will look at some of the financial challenges facing us as a nation and examine our own spending, saving, and giving habits. In addition to exploring biblical principles of financial management, we will learn ways to assess our financial situation and develop a financial plan that will allow us to experience the true joy that comes through simplicity and generosity.
This series will begin on September 16. I hope you will join us in September as we look at how we can manage our financial resources and truly experience simplicity, generosity, and joy as we discover God is Enough! See you in worship!
Grace and Peace