Devotion: Stuff, Stuff and More Stuff

By Tim Ewing —  August 8, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Inspired by “Never Lose My Soul” by Bride Dressed in Black

When experiencing the challenges of young adulthood, I didn’t always consider my priorities or their merits. But now as I’m entering my mid-thirties and getting to the “mature years of my life”, I have a stronger desire that the second half of my life be more spiritually productive than the first half. After all, if my pursuits gain me the whole world: a more luxurious car, a larger home, a higher promotion, a new spouse, better health, a cushioned bank account, but I lose my soul, what have I accomplished?

It’s hard though when you think about it to not focus on worldly things. It seems that Life demands that we constantly add more and more stuff to our lives. The problem with stuff is, the more you have, the more it takes to take care of it all, the more you have to clean it, the more you have to protect it, the more you have to insure it, and the more you have to repair it, etc. It isn’t too long before stuff dominates your life.

A lot of people think the whole purpose of life is just to collect stuff. You’ve seen the bumper sticker: “He who dies with the most toys, wins.” The truth is, “He who dies with the most toys … still dies!” But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that life is not about things. God didn’t design us that way. We were never meant to keep collecting and collecting stuff. Stuff won’t make us happy. Stuff won’t bring us fulfillment. Stuff won’t save us from our sins.

In Matthew 16:26, Jesus says, “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”

Jesus modeled a very simple life. You never see Him collecting things. He spent His time and energy on relationships. Why? Because He knew they were more important than all the stuff in the world.

Every day we are faced with choices, multitudes of simple decisions that have eternal impact on our soul. One decision turns us toward God, toward dependence, toward trust. Another reinforces a path of self-will and self-dependence. A lifetime of making these seemingly trifling decisions either draws our souls into relationship with Jesus or into kinship with the world. We gain or lose our soul choice by choice!

Because the process (each day making choices, one by one) can seem so inconsequential to the end of the story, we can easily underestimate the greatness of the loss. Once the soul is lost, it is lost forever. And since none of us knows the exact day and hour we will be called to account for our soul and our choices, every day is a good day to choose Jesus. Every day is a good day to care about the final destination of another soul. Choose Jesus for your soul today before it’s too late!

Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to or by emailing him at

Bride Dressed in Black is a rock group from the Baltimore Maryland area. “Never Lose My Soul” can be found on their new CD titled “Battle the Beast,” which can be found on iTunes, Amazon, their website and always at live events. For more information about Bride Dressed in Black you can visit their website at

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If you are not sure what will happen to your soul when you die and want to have a personal relationship with God by choosing Jesus for your soul today, just say this prayer to God: “Dear God, I know I have sinned and fallen short of your holiness. I have tried to fill the empty void in my life with everything but you. I believe in your Son Jesus and the price He paid for me on the cross. I accept Him as my Lord and Savior and ask that you accept me and forgive me for what I’ve done. Thank you for showing me your light and helping me realize that You are all I truly need. Come into my life now and fill this void. Help me to daily spend time learning who you are, and allowing you to fill my life with your presence and your guidance. In Jesus name I pray Amen .

If you meant what you prayed, then on the authority of God’s word you are a child of God. Congratulations you are now beginning a life long journey to discovering God and His love more deeply than you will ever know. I would encourage you learn more about God by reading His word the Bible. Find a church that you can go to that will surround you with other believers who can help answer questions you might have and to help you grow in your walk with God. Though it’s not going to be easy, know that the reward at the end is worth it!

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