What Will Make You Appreciate God’s Gifts to You

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Everything is God’s.

We live under this false assumption that what we have is ours, but none of it is.  All of the material things you possess are gifts from God.  The earth and everything in it is His: clothes, cars, homes, all things God is allowing you to use while here on earth.  Unfortunately, we are more attached to “stuff” than we are God.

Consumerism is the theory that individuals who consume goods and services in large quantities will be better off.”

More things do not bring happiness.   We find joy in our relationship with God.  When we place more value on connecting with God than Amazon, we’ll find the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Unfortunately, we don’t give God credit for the things we have.  Often, I hear the words, “I deserve it, I work hard.”  True, you may work hard, but none of us “deserve” anything.  Christ took our sin upon Himself on the cross, freeing us.  We owe everything to Jesus; He didn’t have to do what He did.  The least we could do is appreciate the gifts He gives us.

Keep perspective.

Your car will rust out.  Clothes will get holes in them.  Homes require constant repair.  But the relationship with God lasts forever.   U-hauls full of stuff is not part of the funeral procession.  Life everlasting is the gift that never ends.

Instead of worshipping the things of this earth that won’t last, worship the God who does.  If material things are consuming your attention, purge.  Get rid of the things that are controlling your life.  Find a way to break the hold of consumerism.  

Keep stuff in its place.  Appreciate God’s gifts.  Recognize, the material things of this world are temporary, but life with God never ends.

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Lord, thank You for providing the material things of this world for us.  Forgive us for worshipping stuff more than You.  Thank You for reminding us Who is in control of everything.  Help us detach ourselves from possessions and attach ourselves to You.  Today, through the blessings You gave us, help us bless others.  Let us keep our hearts and minds focused on You.  In You, we have all we will ever need.  IJNIP.  Amen

Question for reflection

How attached to your stuff are you?

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