Daily Devotional “Materialistic Christians”
September 1, 2023
“‘Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth’” (Matthew 6:19).
You cannot pursue both God and riches.
Ours is a society consumed with material things.
Status, success, and importance are all too often measured by a person’s financial worth.
Those with wealth flaunt it; those without wealth fake it.
People often rack up huge debts in their desperate and futile pursuit of happiness through accumulating material things.
Sadly, that same materialistic mind-set permeates the church.
Instead of offering an alternative, that of being distinct from the world, the church joins the world in its pursuit of riches.
Most tragically of all, the saving message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is lost in the process.
It is not wrong to have possessions. Job, Abraham, and Solomon were among the wealthiest men of their day.
But it is wrong to covet, to make the pursuit of material things the main goal of your life, to serve mammon instead of God.
“Do not love the world,” wrote the apostle John, “nor the things in the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).
James addressed these scathing words to those whose focus is on material things: “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God?
Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4).
Behind much of the pursuit of riches in the church is a lack of trust in God’s provision.
Instead of finding security in His promise to supply all our needs (Philippians. 4:19), we seek it in a house, a bank account, or a stock portfolio.
God did not give us our money and possessions so we wouldn’t have to trust Him.
Whether you are rich or poor, your attitude toward your possessions and how you handle them is a test of your spirituality. How are you doing?
Pray with us, “Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, lest I be full and deny Thee and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or lest I be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God” (Proverbs. 30:8-9).
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