I remember when the first reality television show came out spotlighting hoarders. I had never seen anything like this before. But, as I began my work within the church I was helping pastor, I realized something- this is more evident amongst christians than I thought. Although, a Christian hoarder looks differently, the idea behind it is still the same.
Let me first say, mental illness is a real concern, and in no way am I discounting the seriousness about mental illness. In fact, I’d got out on a limb to say that Christian hoarding is a heart illness. Let me explain my rationale.
Hoarding is commonly defined as collecting, guarding ‘things’ that a person acquires. These ‘things’ don’t get used, these ‘things’ get stored with no intention of ever being shared. Now, let me make the leap to a Christian hoarder. God blesses us by His grace. We have what we have because the Lord is gracious. Some will attribute everything to hard work, discipline in saving, or having grown up in different circumstances. But, it is by the grace of God that we are employed, able to make money to acquire things, live in a house/apartment, etc. God showers His blessings on us to bless others. When we hoard what we’ve been blessed with, I believe we go against everything the Bible teaches. Yes, we are to be good stewards, but not at the cost of hoarding.
Christ is the head of the body- the Church (us)! That means, we are to be the hands that serve, the feet that walk to those in need. We are to use the resources that God has blessed us with to provide for others. We are to help others. Thinking about our comfort, or our wants, should never be inserted into the equation of how to serve others. The Bible constantly instructs us to serve, serve each other, the poor, marginalized, and if we do this, we positively portray Jesus!
I would invite you to read Matthew 25:31-46. God has generously blessed everyone differently, observe those blessings and use them to bless others. And when others give us thanks, and we understand where everything comes from, we’ll be quick to point them to God and His saving grace and provisions!
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.