We are living in a materialistic society. Figuratively speaking, it’s a dog eat dog world! The more we have, the more we want to have. Some of the tactics people use to get what they want, are not always on the up and up. Sometimes perfidious, dubious, and unscrupulous tactics are used. Then, on the other hand, some individuals work night and day to attain material gain. That is not to say, desiring the finer things in life is to be frowned upon. However, if one’s priorities are not in order, especially the saints of the most High God, one can find themselves in a spiritual wasteland! A question is posed in the book of Matthew 16:26, “For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” It is quite apparent, that money is needed to survive in this world. However, I Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they had erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” Money is not evil, but the love of money is the problem! “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)
The Bible tells us, that we are to set our affections on things above, and not on things of the earth! We are to seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all these things will be added unto us! Little is much when God is in it. Look at what Jesus did with two fish and five loaves of bread! He fed about five thousand men, besides women and children, and after they all did eat, and were filled, they took up of the fragments that remained 12 baskets full! Truly we serve an awesome God!
Why worry and struggle to get the things that we need, when we serve a God who can supply all of our needs, according to His riches in glory? When we take care of God’s business, God will take care of our business! We should strive to seek God’s face, and not His hand. Let us strive to do the work and will of the Lord. Oh I want to see Him, look upon His face; there to sing forever, of His saving grace. If you live right, heaven belongs to you, but how badly do you want it? Anything worth having, is worth sacrificing for. Just as we sacrifice our time and our energy to get the things we need, and the things we want, we must present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. We must be willing to seek the Lord with all of our hearts, our minds, and our souls. Jesus, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Bible tells us that Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of Sin for a season. Are you willing to give it all up to follow Jesus? Do you want more of Him? Our possessions here on earth are temporal, but only what we do for Christ will last! The Lord spoke to Abram and said, “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing.” Are you willing to leave all to follow Jesus, and to turn from your worldly ways? Paul said, “But what things were gain for me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” How badly do you want to gain eternal life? How badly do you want to see Jesus’s face in peace?
Jesus is not a fair weather friend! He will go with you, to the end! “For scarcely will a man die for one that is righteous, yet peradventure one would dare to die for a good man, but God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him!” How badly do you want Jesus Christ, to rule and reign in your life? Jesus said,”Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any hear my voice, I will come in and sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) May the blessings of Almighty God, rest upon your life! Feel free to share your thoughts!