How Love of Stuff Will Make You Miss the Mark

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Daily Reading: 2 Kings 10 GW; Mark 10 GW

Worship stuff or Jesus; the choice is yours.

Living in America, we are all rich.  More than any other country in the world, we can do whatever we want to do.  If you work hard, you will reap the benefits of your efforts.  People in the United States control 29.39% of the entire world’s wealth. The average American spends $164.55 per day on housing, food, and healthcare; people in low-income countries spend $1.91.  The next time you buy a cup of coffee, you have spent more than some people spend in any given 24 hour period, ever.

All of us can find ourselves in the rich young ruler.  We love Jesus, but we love our stuff too.  Driving fancy cars, having the fastest computer, living in the most prominent house are things people aspire to achieve.  But none of those things will last forever.  Our material things will eventually fade away, but eternal life with Jesus never ends.

Our treasure isn’t on earth.

Nothing we have or will ever have on earth can compare to life with Jesus.  Buying the newest cell phone with the latest technology does not give you peace that surpasses all understanding.  No, instead, you’ll have a few minutes of joy, then the newness loses its appeal.  Inevitably, you need another “new” toy that will bring you the same temporary pleasure.

With Jesus, you’ll find He is all you need.  Your life will transform as you pursue God daily.  Through the ups and downs of life, Jesus never leaves you.  In all things, He is present and available, never growing old.

But if you worship stuff instead of Jesus, you will miss the mark.  

In life, you can either chase Jesus or stuff.  You can’t do both.  One has to come before the other.  If you want to live life to the fullest, choose Jesus.  Nothing on earth will ever compare to Him.

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Lord, thank You for never leaving nor forsaking us, even when we leave You.  Forgive us for putting material possessions ahead of our relationship with You.  Today, help us put You first in all things, especially over stuff.  Transform us today as we follow You.  Help us become a new creation in You.  IJNIP. Amen

Question for reflection

Where do your possessions rank in your heart today?

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