West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Saturday, October 20, 2018


Two weeks from now volunteers from our church will be busy setting up for our annual rummage sale. The downstairs of our church will be filled with items we have brought to sell at this church fundraiser. The amount and variety of things we bring to the rummage sale is almost overwhelming. And by the time the Rummage Sale is over, most of it will have found a new home, and the church will have made some money in the process.

We live in a consumer culture. All those things we bring to the rummage sale are a product of our spending. It may not seem like much to you and me, but consumer spending is a large portion of our nation’s economy. Our country’s economic health is based on the assumption that we all will spend about as much this year as last. In fact, it would be better for the economy if we spent a little more.

But the rummage sale also suggests the passing value of much of our spending. Items that seem so attractive and useful one year can end up in the attic or basement the next year and at the rummage sale the year after that. Isaiah 55:2 asks us, “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?” Good question. Though our church indirectly benefits (through the rummage sale) from our spending habits, our faith calls us to examine them. Do we ask ourselves the question of whether we really need to make that purchase, whether the money could be better used in another way?

As we look forward to the holiday season, when most consumer spending occurs, we will no doubt be exhorted by advertisers to spend. But let us also remember the exhortation of our God, who calls us to use the resources God has given us in a wise manner.


Reverend Mack