How Materialistic Are You?
In today's day, it is extremely frustrating to try and talk to someone about materialistic values. Material items are just not important. Having the most money, the nicest car, or the biggest house is not my ticket to heaven. I just don't understand why everyone cannot understand that.
Biblically speaking Hebrews 13:5 says:
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
I mean, I understand that a person who does not believe in God or the Bible would not live by this verse. However, I know a lot of people who do live by the Bible and do believe in God but don't live by this verse. And that is what frightens me. I guess using the word frighten is a little extreme. It concerns me more than anything. It concerns me that people are more concerned about how big their house is or how nice their car is than they are concerned about the well-being or welfare of themselves or others.
Granted, this does not cover everyone. But I really want you to think about who you know, right now. Who do you know right now who is not concerned about anything materialistic? Who do you know right now that is not concerned about the balance in their checking account or how shiny their car is? But rather who is concerned about just being content with what they have right now, at the moment? I am not saying by far that I am perfect. But I am going to say that I am trying so hard to be content at the moment with what I have and who I am around. Because God has placed these people and items in my path and for now I am going to love them and thank him.
The more I dig into these verses the more the Bible amazes me. These words are spoken by a generation of people who materialistically had very little, but spiritually they had everything. There are some times that I just wish I could go back in time and see how they did it. How did they stay so content with what they had? How did they not worry about the love of money? How were they so certain that God was never going to leave them or forsake them? I want to be that certain in my life. However, there are still times that are petrifying me. Times within my life that I don't know how to deal with yet. And that is what scares me.
I am so scared that I am going to let God down and then in return what is he going to do? I guess that is what they mean when they refer to the "fear of God". But I cannot even say that with certainty. I was really relieved that this was my verse to focus on this week because it really did make me look at my household, my husband, my responsibilities as a mother and a wife, and as a friend. I have a lot of people that not only rely on me but uncannily they look up to me. I am not quite sure why. But it is for them that I do not want to waiver in my belief.
I was surprised that this verse was so far down on the list because this verse to me is very important. As always if you ever want to reach out to me and chat about one of my blogs or chat about the Bible, or chat about anything; feel free. As they say; I am an open book.
Until Next Time.
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