A.W. Tozer writes in his book, The Pursuit of God, and calls this
the ‘monstrous substitution’.
“There is within the human heart a tough, fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, always possess. It covets things with a deep and fierce passion… Things have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution”.
However, when I worship God and serve Him only, I keep myself from being ‘enslaved’ by these other masters. Think about it. As Christ’s follower, I am not driven to possess, but to love and serve in accordance to Christ’s instructions and at the pace of His provision. Let me repeat that… I am not driven to possess, but to love and serve in accordance to Christ’s instructions and at the pace of His provision. I am not the owner, but the steward of God's provisions. As a result, I am a river.
loving people and using money or ‘possessions’,
rather than loving money and my possessions and using people.
Now to this simple-minded ‘old’ guy, that is the difference between being
a reservoir or a river.
Do I have the courage to be a RIVER and not a RESERVOIR?