Bible Ballistics: A Collector Or A Connoisseur??? Vol. 7#05

Just a brief word today, a break from our usual long articles on Sunday. I just wanted to call us to take a look at our hearts at this time of year when everyone is looking at “stuff”!!! My question is simply are you a “collector” or a “connoisseur”?

Connoisseur: An expert judge in matters of taste, origin from an obsolete French “conoistre”, meaning to “KNOW”.

Collector: A person who collects things of a specified type.

What I’m asking today is are we those who “collect” things (of any type—just to have those things), or are we the one who “knows” what is ‘real’ good taste? Are we just gathering stuff, or are we growing into productive children of God, who know the real values in this life?

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;

in the which the heavens shall pass away

with a great noise,

and the elements shall melt with fervent heat,

the earth also and the works that are therein

shall be burned up.  

11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved,

what manner of persons ought ye to be

in all holy conversation

and godliness,

12 Looking for

and hasting

unto the coming of the day of God,

wherein the heavens

being on fire shall be dissolved,

and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

13 Nevertheless we,

according to his promise,

look for new heavens

and a new earth,

wherein dwelleth righteousness.

14 Wherefore, beloved,

seeing that ye look for such things,

be diligent

that ye may be found of him

in peace,

without spot,

and blameless.” 2 Peter 2:10-14

Peter, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (see 2 Peter 1:20-21) reminds us that this world is temporal! Temporal: Related to worldly as opposed to spiritual affairs; secular. In other words—TEMPORARY—not lasting.

We, who follow Jesus, serve the creator of the universe, who came to die for our redemption, and HE is coming again, and when He returns He will make all things new! And since this temporal world will pass away, we should keep our focus on the eternal. And that my friends, is a hard thing to do consistently, because the pull of the world and all it’s glitter is ever tugging at our hearts and minds. What we see, hear, and deal with on a daily basis, constantly calls us from the really important things of life but Jesus calls us to:

…..take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek🙂 for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:31-34

While the world is racing after “more”, “bigger”, “better”, “faster”, “smarter”, we are called to continually seek “the kingdom of God, and his righteousness”!!! To do things God’s way—not the world’s! Knowing that God has our best interest, our spiritual growth and our value to the Kingdom in mind, not the latest “gizmo” that ‘everyone else’ is chasing after today, but will be forgotten tomorrow.

It seems amazing that we are so easily distracted, but then I am reminded that we have been conditioned to “keep up with the Joneses” by the advertising gurus! So who are you trying to keep up with? Are you “collecting” more stuff, or learning to “knowGod more and choosing the things that please Him?

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 16:25 (also 14:12 )

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

Do we “know” that one right way? The narrow way? Are we going that way? Or are we being sucked into the “broad” way and “UN”knowingly, heading for destruction? We need to choose wisely, as Joshua long ago called Israel to do:

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

We must choose which way we are going to walk (and in reality we’re always choosing—whether rightly or wrongly)! The times are evil, and the enemy is busy about his business; but what about us? What are we busy about? Are we seeking God in all our ways; becoming “connoisseurs” or settling to be “collectors” of stuff that will perish in the end. Only one choice will last for eternity. Don’t let the glitter of any “season” fool you into missing the only “right” choice!!!

And I’d like to close with some words of our Lord Jesus, who calls us again and again to keep our priorities straight:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,

where moth and rust doth corrupt,

and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,

where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,

and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is,

there will your heart be also.”    Matthew 6:19-21

Only you can decide! Only you can make the choice to be either a “collector” or a “connoisseur”! Stuff, or true knowledge and “taste”–yes it’s an earthly choice, but a choice with eternal consequences. Maybe you need to “Have A Little Talk With Jesus”!

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 He’s waiting for YOU!