When the A&E first released the show “Hoarders”, my husband and I watched it a few times and were completely appalled.
How can people actually live in such conditions?
Each 60-minute episode of Hoarders, …, is a fascinating look inside the lives of two different people whose inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of a personal crisis.
To label it a little more plainly: People have too much junk. Usually as a result of a tragedy or some deeply-rooted issue, but it’s about to kill them in one form or another.
Overtaking their homes and causing disease and disaster, their habit of holding on to things excessively is a seemingly unbreakable one. A dangerous situation is unfolding. The mode of their minds is such that often, at the beginning, they refuse to believe that things are as bad as they are. Then as the reality of their situation hits them, the bottom line is the same for each one:
A change of mind and heart is imperative.
The decision must be made to rip out the old and usher in the new, then trade the old habits for new ones.
So what about spiritual hoarding?
I love Bible study. Love it. Love soaking up knowledge of any kind actually. Ever the reading geek growing up, I have peeled ears and eyes when I’m in a lecture or sermon of any type. But…
Is it possible that we Christians are soaking up tons of Bible knowledge but rarely applying any of it?
Are we guilty of holding on to verses for ourselves but never sharing them with anyone else?
And ultimately, I am pondering:
Is Satan using the Christian habit of hoarding Bible knowledge to render us ineffective in doing the work of the Father?
Often the Christians who are full of Bible knowledge…are also the ones who refuse to believe that we have any problems. The deeply-rooted issue, one that exists since the very beginning of time, is at the heart of our problem, but we are so busy looking around at all the “stuff” we know, we don’t even see it.
The pomp and circumstance of being puffed up in all our knowledge is impairing our spiritual vision. Satan is using our pride in our knowledge to keep us from showing others the love of Jesus.
We have too much junk. A heart change is imperative.
Do you have any suggestions for preventing spiritual hoarding, continually seeking more knowledge, yet keeping focused on the meaning and reason for Biblical knowledge?