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Worldly Possessions

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us." (1 Chronicles 29:15)

Discussion

Are you a stakeholder on this earth?

We are just travelers on this earth. There is nothing permanent here. This may be an awareness forced on us by circumstances. It may come late in life or as a result of difficult times. We cannot live forever and the world is not our home. It is best for us not to be so attached to this world�s desires and possessions that we cannot move out at God's command. We have neither the right nor the property to hold on to in this world. As the shadow of a bird flying in the air of heaven, such are our days up on earth; nor is there any hope to any son of man that he shall live forever" - Targum. "I'm a stranger on earth; don't hide your command" (Psalm 119:19). Only in a relationship with God can we find anything permanent. His love never fades, and nothing can take it away. Shed all soul eating stones of weighty possessions on your back and be free to swim to reach your destination - Heaven, your permanent residence.

In the last century, a tourist from the United States visited the famous Polish rabbi, Hofetz Chaim. He was astonished to see that the rabbi's home was a simple room filled with books. The only furniture was a table and a bench. "Rabbi, where is the furniture?" asked the tourist. "Where is yours?" asked Hofetz. "Mine? But I'm passing through. I'm only a visitor here." "So am I," said Hofetz.

"They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth" (Hebrews 11:13).

Give to the needy if you have excess of anything that is withholding your peace and eternity.

Prayer

Jesus, allow as to be free from all worldly possessions. Give us the mind to concentrate on You and Your kingdom of eternity. As a traveller, let us do our duty and responsibility that you have entrusted - to love You and love our fellow beings. All we ask in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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