There’s one thing our family has plenty of: stuff. Truth is most people don’t even realize how much stuff they actually own. A couple of months ago, our family moved to another home here in Easton.

“Packing is sure to be a breeze,” I unwittingly thought. “Surely, we don’t own that much stuff.”

Yet, it seemed like each closet was a new “treasure trove” of things I didn’t realize we had owned.

Our culture is enamored with the collection of things. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with having material goods but the trouble begins when people believe possessions give them happiness. Someone once asked John D. Rockefeller, “How much money does it take to satisfy a man?” His answer was telling, “Just a little more.”

The notable preacher Vance Havner once remarked, “As small a thing as a penny will shut out from our vision as large a thing as the sun, and so does as small a thing as money shut out God.”

Have you fallen into the trap of thinking that money, vacations, and other “stuff” can bring pleasure? Indeed, they all have their advantages; however, they have never once satisfied a soul. Jesus addressed this issue in Mark 8:36, 37 when he said, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Jesus also said in Luke 12:15, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

Maybe you have found yourself stuck in the never-ending cycle of trying to find joy and comfort in the goods of this world. May I implore you to turn to Jesus Christ? He is the very embodiment of joy and comfort. Hebrews 12:2 states, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” True joy comes from confessing our sins to Christ and trusting in the free gift of salvation he offers unto all.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus describes earthly possessions in this way: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

Let’s take time today to consider where we are storing our treasures. Let us not “ in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17).

Adam Riveiro is the pastor of Liberty Baptist Church at 800 Washington Street in Easton. You can contact him at More information about the church and its services can be found at