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Pack Rat Problems

by Joanna Pierce on September 07, 2016

Do you know a pack rat? These types of people live well beyond the souvenir or keepsake mentality. They keep everything—unnecessary objects—and they keep it (or hoard it) forever.

I have my moments of pack-ratting. I go through stages of keeping things “just in case.” Once I discover I’ve got a stock pile of said item—or my husband looks at me with a crazed look in his eye—my desire to purge kicks in, and I eliminate the entire stash.

I would venture that all of us have a pack rat tendency in some area of our life, whether short- or long-lived. But, our pack-rat-like tendencies aren’t just limited to worthless, meaningless things. They’re pretty substantial, and they come in the form of money, time, and talents.

Jesus shared a parable about a rich man in Luke 12:16–19:

And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry (KJV).

In this parable, the rich man was blessed with a bountiful crop. Instead of sharing his excess or blessing with others, he devised a way to “hoard” his excess.

Like the rich man, God has blessed each of us in many ways—and He’s blessed us with more than we ever deserve! We may not all be blessed with financial excess, but we are each blessed with different talents, abilities, and time allotments.

Quite simply, God didn’t call us to store up our resources. His blessing and provision in our life is meant to overflow onto someone else (Luke 3:38). God’s ultimate design is for His people to be a vessel for His use, allowing resources pass through our hands to minister to someone in the kingdom.

God doesn’t always bless us with free time every week to sit and relax. There may be a ministry He wants us to fulfill with our time. That raise or extra financial blessing may be to help out a family in need, sponsor a child, or help with the church’s building fund. Our special talent may be used to fill a gap in God’s kingdom as an accountant, painter, editor, teacher, etc.

Bettering our own lives is tempting to do because it’s a human instinct. But, today, let’s try to evaluate what God’s placed in our lives and how we can use it for His kingdom. We might be able to spare an extra 15 minutes a day in prayer, lifting others to the Lord. God may be speaking to us about launching a ministry in the church or community. Or, God might be working on our hearts to give a little more to kingdom work or to those in need.

Whatever the case may be, let’s not be a pack rat today. We don’t need to hoard. We can let go and use what God has placed in our lives for His kingdom.