On using possessions, not owning them

How does this relate to the rental economy?

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Via Bart Everson on Flickr.

I really enjoyed this reminder from Piper in his post on voting as though we are not voting:

This world matters. But it is not ultimate. It is the stage for living in such a way to show that this world is not our God, but that Christ is our God.

It is the stage for using the world to show that Christ is more precious than the world.

The line between living in the world but not being of it is so thin. One I have to constantly re-calibrate.

Piper also said this about our stuff.

Our car, our house, our books, our computers, our heirlooms—we possess them with a loose grip. If they are taken away, we say that in a sense we did not have them.

We are not here to possess. We are here to lay up treasures in heaven.

That one is easier, and more practical, for me to wrap my mind around. Don’t value things. Rather, use things to value people and ultimately to point back to Christ.

I think this is one reason I’ve been so intrigued by the rental economy of late — that is this prevailing notion that in 20 or 50 years we won’t own cars or boats or bikes anymore.

Instead we will rent them for a monthly or yearly fee. That’s oddly a Biblical concept (albeit tangentially) and one I’m excited about.

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