Monday, September 7, 2009

For Our Enjoyment

On Saturday, we purchased a washer, dryer, and refrigerator for our new house. We spent a lot of time researching and got a good deal on a Labor Day sale, but this whole housing-buying thing is turning out to be quite expensive. Appliances, furniture, paint, HOA fees, taxes, mortgage, and perhaps a new TV (if the budget allows for it!).

In the midst of spending a lot of money on stuff, I'm reminded again of Paul's command to Timothy:

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

It's convicting to purchase new appliances when the same amount of money could be used to build a well that would give clean water to an entire community. I want to be a good steward of the things God has richly provided for our enjoyment, to be generous and willing to share those things with anyone. That phrase, "for our enjoyment," is something worth pondering. God is providing for our needs but also for our joy; He's given gifts in order to both utilize and delight in.

With our new house, I hope to grow in my hospitality. If I buy a TV or a couch, I don't want it to consume my time and cause personal isolation, but to become a resource in building community. I want to see all of these things as temporary gifts for our use and enjoyment, as tiny pictures of the resources God will provide for our enjoyment in eternity. I'll post pictures when we're all moved in!

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