Sermon quotes on possessions

Joshua Becker

Not only are my possessions not bringing happiness into my life; even worse, they are actually distracting me from the things that do!

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own, Waterbrook Press, 2016.

Joshua Becker

Excessive possessions are not making us happy. Even worse, they are taking us away from the things that do. Once we let go of the things that don’t matter, we are free to pursue all the things that really do matter.

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own, Waterbrook Press, 2016.

Wendell Berry

Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.

Farming: A Handbook

William T. Cavanaugh

Things are not ends in themselves; they are means to greater attachment to others. . . . But to have a good relationship with others, it is necessary to have a proper relationship with things.

Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008), p.44.

Matt Chandler

No change of job, no increased income, no new home, no new electronic device, or no new spouse is going to make things better inside of you.

Neil Cummings and Marysia Lewandowska

It is not objects that people really desire, but their lush coating of images and dreams. . . . It is never the object which is consumed—instead it is the relationship between us and the object of desire.

Quoted in James B. Twitchell, Branded Nation: The Marketing of Megachurch, College Inc., and Museumworld (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004), 37.

Meghan Daum

There is no object of desire quite like a house. Few things . . . are capable of eliciting such urgent, even painful, yearning.

Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House


Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

Alan Fadling

The drive to possess is an engine for hurry.

Taken from An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus’ Rhythms of Work and Rest by Alan Fadling Copyright (c) 2013 by Alan Fadling. Published by InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL.

Richard Foster

We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality. We crave things we neither need nor enjoy. ‘We buy things we do not want to impress people we do not like.’ …It is time to awaken to the fact that conformity to a sick society is to be sick.

Iranian Proverb

Great needs grow from great possessions.

Thomas Á Kempis

Let temporal things serve your use, but the eternal be the object of your desire.

C.S. Lewis

They are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.

Martin Luther

I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.

Jeff Manion

My suspicion is that we have simply lost our way. I suspect that our material longings are more largely formed by our culture than by the Christ and that our spending habits do not differ radically from those who have no allegiance or loyalty to Jesus.


Matthew McCullough

For all our time and attention, no matter how carefully we curate our stuff or how much we might enjoy ourselves along the way, we’re all merely stocking and staging someone else’s opportunity for bargain prices.

Remember Death: The Surprising Path to Living Hope.

Eugene Peterson

We care more for our possessions with which we hope to make our way in the world than with our thoughts and dreams which tell us who we are in the world.

Anna Quindlen

There was a period when I believed stuff meant something. I thought that if you had matching side chairs and a sofa that harmonized and some beautiful lamps to light them you would have a home, that elegance signaled happiness.

Will Rogers

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like.

Herbert Schlossberg

The common expression that describes such a value system as “the pursuit of the almighty dollar” is soundly based in the recognition that the exaltation of possessions to the level of ultimacy is the end of a religious quest, one that seeks and ascribes ultimate meaning. Like all idolatries, it finds ultimate meaning in an aspect of the creation rather than in the Creator. And like all idolatries it finds outlet in destructive pathologies that wreck human lives.

Idols for Destruction (Nashville, Tenn.: Nelson, 1983), 88–89.

Albert Schweitzer

If you own something you cannot give away, then you don’t own it, it owns you.


Nothing that is God’s is obtainable by money.

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