Time in the Word

A Study of Pentecost 11

Theme for the Week: Possessed by Possessions

Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:18-26 - The vanity of possessions
Colossians 3:1-11 - Heavenly values are to be sought rather then earthly vices
Luke 12:13-21 - Possessions can cause a man to lose his soul
Psalm for the week: Psalm 100
Hymn for the week: TLH #430 - "What is the World to Me?

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Monday, August 13, 2001

Possessions and how we handle them will be discussed throughout the readings for the coming week. We are a blessed nation. We are a blessed people. We have many gifts and blessings for which we should be thankful. However, our life is not made up by the sum of our things. They simply are -things. The makeup of our life and the value of our life are found in the relationship we have with each other and especially with our Redeemer Jesus Christ. That relationship is to be our most prized possession. Christ and His redeeming love are to be most highly prized. Everything else pales in comparison.

Tuesday August 14, 2001    Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:18-26

Solomon illustrates the vanity of accumulating wealth and leaving it to someone, who did not work for it.  As King Solomon reviewed his life he realized that everything he had worked for would be passed on to someone else. Would his heirs appreciate the time, sacrifice and commitment he had spent? He hoped so, but was not given any guarantees. So it is with us today. We can't take it with us when we die and there is no guarantee that our heirs will reinvest our life's savings. There's a lesson to be learned by this wise king. Do no place your pleasure in the wealth you have accumulated for is may not last. Invest in something that is of more value a relationship with God.

Wednesday August 15, 2001    Colossians 3:1-11

Christians seek to acquire heavenly virtues and shun earthly pleasures and vices. Although the Epistle lesson is not directly linked to today's theme of being possessed by one's possessions the same principle applies. As we do not want to be ruled by our things, as Christians we will seek after heavenly treasure rather then earthly vices which last but a season.  As the hymn verse suggests "earthly joys grow dim, its glories pass away" We need a relationship with one who cannot nor will not change. His name is Jesus Christ.

Thursday, August 16, 2001    Luke 12:13-21

This week's gospel lesson is the parable of the rich fool. He is called a fool because he took pleasure only in his possessions. As the old yarn goes: "a man all wrapped up in himself becomes a very small package" The fact that the man was wealthy is not the point. The point being he found meaning in life only through his possessions. He died miserable because he was not able to enjoy any of his wealth. We are all terminal. Each of us will leave this world some day. Therefore, let us glory in God and not in the sum of our possessions.

Friday, August 17, 2001  -  Psalm 100

In this psalm we are encouraged by David to enter into the presence of the Lord with shouts of singing and praise. We do so remembering who we are and who He is. Who is God and who are we? David answer this question when he says: Know that the Lord, He is God: it is He that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. This world loves the self-made man or woman. David reminds us that we belong to God and it is He who has made us. We can strive and become successful at many things but ultimately it is God who has earned and deserved the credit.  David's perspective helps us from being possessed by our things

Saturday, August 18, 2001  - 1 John 2:15-17

Tomorrow is the last day of summer vacation! School begins for our Wyneken students' bright and early Monday morning! We hope it was a good one! Our hymn for tomorrow helps us remember God is to be placed first in everything that we do. The world and its ways are fleeting. If we instill this concept in our children they will be given not only a good perspective on life but will be well adjusted as then live in this world as witnesses for the Savior. 

The Prayer for Pentecost 11 Let Your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend Your Church, because it cannot continue in safety without Your help. Protect and govern it always by Your goodness; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen

Sources:

Lutheran Worship Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO. 1982 p. 73

Lectionary Preaching Workbook Series B John R. Brokhoff C.S.S. Publishing Co. Lima, OH. 1979 p.174