Americans struggle with. Even those who feel "poor" are rich relative to
the rest of the world. Materialism is defined as "The theory or
attitude that physical well-being and worldly possessions constitute the
greatest good and highest value in life," or "A great or excessive regard
for worldly concerns." I believe that even a lot of followers of Jesus
Christ buy into this way of thinking.
Jesus calls us to let go of our ties to "stuff." Paul's advice to
Timothy is true for us today as well...
Yet true religion with contentment is great wealth. After all, we
didn't bring anything with us when we came into the world, and we certainly
cannot carry anything with us when we die. So if we have enough food
and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into
temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that
plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is at the
root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered
from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
But you, Timothy, belong to God; so run from all these evil things, and
follow what is right and good. Pursue a godly life, along with faith,
love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for what we
believe. Hold tightly to the eternal life that God has given you, which
you have confessed so well before many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:6-12)
Paul's comments beg this question - what are you pursuing?
What we pursue will determine who we live for. If we pursue wealth and
riches we are only serving ourselves. If we pursue godliness and
eternal life we are serving God and others.
Stop and take a look at your life. I will be the first to admit I
struggle with materialism. We all do in some way. Is it the house you
live in? The car you drive? The clothes you wear? The video game system
you play? The jewelry you wear? And on...and on...and on.
Do you need to let something go so you can trust and pursue God? Paul
did not say that money is at the root of all kinds of evil. He said
that the LOVE of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. Where is
your bro in christ
P.S guys i am sooooooooo sorry for not having devos up lately.. i have been going threw so much with work and my bro. i have not had time write any. please forgive me..