I was wondering why we buy furniture.
Partly I guess it is art. We buy things because we appreciate how they were made, or because they are ingenious, or of a style we warm to or aspire to. Or they fit in.
And I suppose it should have a use, justify its place in our living space, and give something back for the fact it has board, lodgings, and is kept dusted and polished. If we are talking about a TV, it may take more space in our lives than the physical space it occupies.
Is it essential? Well, the dictionary definition is “The movable articles in a room or an establishment that make it fit for living or working.” It will depend on how you understand the word ‘fit.’
If you were there, you will probably remember Nathan’s sermon where he made a distinction between luggage and baggage.
Very useful, that is.
He was referring to our lives, really, and asking us to label our personal furniture, and recognise it for what it is – useful or obstructive.
Jesus did say “I am the luggage of life.” However, by then, John must have felt he had had too many ‘I am’ sayings in his gospel, so he recorded it simply as “I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly.”
Always best to travel light, and in the light.