When Joseph revealed himself to his brothers and invited the family to come down to live in Egypt, he promised them they would be well taken care of by Pharaoh. Pharaoh told Joseph to tell his family:
“Also regard not your stuff;
for the good of all the land of Egypt is your’s.”
First, let me just say, I love the Bible’s usage of the word “stuff.” What a great word. I have been accused of being an unsophisticated communicator because of my use of words like “stuff.” If it’s good enough for God; it’s good enough for me.
Second, I like this promise! Don’t worry about keeping your stuff nice, don’t worry about packing well or taking your time, just get down here, we got ya covered.
We often use the escape from Egypt and the entrance to the Promised Land as an illustration of salvation. But perhaps we can view the deliverance of Joe’s family from starvation into the bounty of Egypt as a kind of salvation illustration as well.
We are promised an eternity in heaven where all is right and all needs will be fully met. That being the case, while you’re on earth, regard not your stuff.
I think this is what Jesus has in mind in Matthew 6 when He says things like:
“Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.”
“And why take ye thought for raiment?”
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?”
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow:”
Regard not your “stuff,” remember that there is eternity coming where God has ya covered. If we truly took to heart the words of God, our lives would be radically different from the world around us.
As we ramble around making resolutions for the new year about what to do with our stuff, remember one of your resolutions should be to not take your stuff so seriously. Lighten up. God’s got the future won. Enjoy the win and leave off the stuff of the losers.
But godliness with contentment is great gain.For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.