Materialism it is the foundation of how many today live their lives, the more stuff they can acquire the richer, more important and successful they feel. Their whole worth is determined by what kind of stuff they own, how much they own and how big or expensive it is. It is for this reason that we often times burn ourselves out trying to work enough to “keep up with the Jones” all while forgetting that material things are nice but it’s not what life is all about, it is not where happiness is, it isn’t even what we are suppose to focus on or have a desire for.
We have to remember that money and things can be here now and gone tomorrow and therefore we should not be so concerned about storing “earthly” treasures down here but we should be focused rather on storing “Eternal” treasures up in heaven where they are ours forever, with no chance of being ruined, stolen or taken away. The Word of God tells us this in Matthew 6:19-20:
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
The Bible teaches us that our purpose here on the earth is not to embrace earthly ways and possessions but to use our blessings from God and our talents to share the “Good News” of Jesus Christ, helping reach the lost and winning them to Christ. We can see this in 1 John 2:15 and Matthew 28:19:
“ Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.”
“All power in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. You, then, are to go and make disciples of all the nations and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to observe all that I have commanded you and, remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.”
Now I want to make it clear that it is not a sin to have nice things, and to enjoy that things that God has blessed you with, it just means that we are not to “Love” them or make them a higher priority or more important that God and His will for our lives. The enemy uses materialism to keep us amused and distracted from what God wants for us, because as long as satan can keep us distracted from doing God’s will, the less we will negatively affect and ruin his plans to steal, kill and destroy everybody he can get his hands on.
When we work at and focus on winning the lost to Christ and following the will God has for our lives we are storing up treasures in heaven that will out do anything we can possibly get down here on earth. It is these treasures that will ultimately determine what kind of servant we were and how successful we were at obeying God.
Things to Ponder
1. How often are you putting “stuff” over God?
2. Are you working harder at getting stuff then improving your relationship with Jesus Christ?
3. How many people have I helped, lead to Christ or blessed lately?
Heavenly Father I thank you for your goodness and for giving me a purpose on this earth. Father I want to embrace and fulfill that purpose and ask that you would lead and guide me in the direction you want me to go. I pray that I can use the blessings and gifts you have given me to win the lost to you and to help be a team player in the Kingdom of Heaven. I thank you for opening my eyes to the truth and realizing that all of these treasures on earth are only temporary and it is of far greater importance and value to instead focus on storing up heavenly treasures which will be with me for an eternity. Thank you Father for your love and mercy upon my life today. Amen.