For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.
My mom enjoyed quite a few collections, like clothes, roosters and antique perfume bottles. When I was young, she brought me pretty dolls, thinking I'd like my own doll family. I didn't, so she switched me to dragons. Ugg.
But my dad didn't collect anything: not books, cars, cash--not even his medals from WWll. He cared nothing for stuff. Materialism never tempted him.
These two examples battled for my soul, and the world sided strongly with my mom. Yet Christians know which stance wins in the end.
Regarding things we cherish and display, I've 'collected' some thoughts to consider:
1) At best, collections are harmless hobbies, but trivial pursuits are wasted time. 'Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away' (1 Corinthians 7:31, NLT).*
2) At worst, collections are harmful idols, and God will not accept our love for them. 'Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God's love for them' (Jonah 2:8, NIV).**
## Gotcha's Distractions: Collections (Part 54)
* 'This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed' (Romans 13:11, NLT)
* 'Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil' (Ephesians 5:15-16 NASB).
** 'Their land is full of idols; the people worship things they have made with their own hands' (Isaiah 2:8, NLT).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.