Your stuff is trying to tell you something.

Each time your stuff doesn’t solve your problems, pay attention.

After you’re left bored by stuff that used to thrill you, listen closely.

When you’re hurt by people who don’t like you because of the stuff you do or do not have, take note.

“Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways.’”

Haggai 1:5, NIV

What’s your stuff saying? Stuff tells you that your heart belongs to more than just trinkets and treasures. With a voice all its own, stuff reminds us that we are made for deep and lasting relationship that begins with our worship of God.

But stuff’s message can easily get lost in translation. Worship can go to it instead of God. Meaningful relationships get kicked to the curb. Living boils down to acquiring even more stuff.

When this happens, take a cue from Haggai.

Taking inventory of Israel’s stuff, Haggai said, “You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” (Haggai 1:6, NIV)

Haggai’s assessment uncovered a searing void in Israelite living. It didn’t matter what or how much they had, everyday life just wasn’t right. There should have been fullness and gladness. Instead there was emptiness and sadness.

And it’s the same for us today. Our worship belongs with the Triune God. Our stuff is meant to be used, enjoyed and shared for Him– not become our life’s pursuit. 

So when your stuff leaves you wanting more, listen closely to what it’s saying.

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