Sure, why not? There’s nothing wrong with possessions, God just wants us to have faith in Him, there is nothing wrong with enjoying the things the world has to offer us…

This sort of dismissive attitude is typical in modern Christianity, but I find it totally at odds with anyone who calls Jesus Christ “Lord.” After all, if we call Him Lord, don’t we freely desire to do what He says?

“On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it,” says Christ in Luke 11:28.

What does Christ say about my possessions?

Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys (Luke 12:33).

Does that mean I have to sell my Roomba?

A UFO sighting on my floor...
A UFO sighting on my floor…

Man, I love my Roomba. My wife and I are sort of messy people. We leave papers and stuff all over our dining room table. We don’t like picking stuff up off the floor, though now with the Roomba we have made a habit out of doing that so she (her name is “Rosa”the Roomba) does not get stuck. Furthermore, we own two cats that leave hair everywhere.

Now that I am 30, I’m starting to get embarrassed of inviting even members of our church over. Living like a frat boy does not cut it anymore. So, when over our Pastor’s house for lunch with other members of our church, when they regaled us with a tale about their Roomba, my wife and I were amazed. It vacuums the whole house and then charges itself all according to a schedule? Sign me up!

So, my wife just wanted to buy it. I wanted to do research to see if it really did as they say. Then I noticed the price tag ($575 for a Roomba 870). I asked my brother (who is really frugal) and a friend from church whether the purchase is responsible. My friend told me for that much money, he would vacuum my house every day. I told him that would be great, but eventually he would quit and the Roomba would keep working for the price of electricity.

In a sense, from a financial standpoint, buying the Roomba made all the sense in the world to me. No one would work that cheap. Then, why should work that cheap when I can be spending the time cooking, writing, reading, or even enjoying it once in a while?

Whether or not buying my Roomba was a wise decision, I can tell you my heart attitude going into it: I was tired living in dirt and tired of trying to keep up and clean it! I can care less about new gizmos or luxuries…unless the luxury is time, which I feel I do not have enough of.

The Scripture speaks of immense self-sacrifice, even to the point of death. The Scripture also says, “There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him” (Ecc 2:24-25)?

So, what I can conclude is to enjoy the things the world has to offer in a proper way is good and from the hand of God. To, out of legitimate conviction, sacrifice these same things for the sake of the Gospel is better. The Scripture elsewhere exhibits a similar dichotomy concerning marriage versus celibacy: “[S]o that both he who is giving in marriage doth well, and he who is not giving in marriage doth better” (1 Cor 7:38, YLT). True, it is good to marry. However, it is even better to be celibate. Yet, not all men can accept this teaching and God gives leeway in accepting it. Hence, one is obedient to Christ in doing either.

That is not to say we shouldn’t always desire maximum obedience all the time. I think we should. But, we have to take into consideration our weaknesses and circumstances. And, if a huge weakness of mine is trying to stay neat and the robot helps me be more hospitable and study the word of God more, then even the Roomba is from the hand of God.

And, Roomba’s aside, if you can enjoy anything in a proper way and give thanks to God, appreciating the giver more than the gift, then be assured that such an attitude is Godly.

By the way…the Roomba really works as advertised. The following video gives you an idea of how effectively it cleans a room:

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