Thursday, July 12, 2007


Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses. —Luke 12:15

As people in affluent societies stock up on Blackberrys and flat-panel TVs, it's hard to deny the increasing wealth in many parts of the world. You might call it "affluenza." There is anxiety, however, amid so much prosperity. It is the economic "puzzle of our time," said Robert J. Samuelson in The Washington Post. I wonder if this is true because we are attempting to find security in "more stuff"—stuff that is temporary and fleeting.

The Bible calls the pursuit of more stuff "greed." Jesus warned His followers about greed by telling a story about a rich man. The problem with this rich man was not that he had an abundance of bumper crops, or that he decided to build more storage space (Luke 12:16-18). The problem was that he invested his entire life in his possessions (v.15). He drew his security from his material goods and failed to be "rich toward God" (v.21). Rejecting the knowledge and precepts of God as the basis for life made him a fool. He was living for the moment while presuming on the future (vv.19-20).

The "good life" cannot be found in things. Instead of seeking our security by acquiring "more stuff," may we find true satisfaction by investing our resources and our lives in and for His kingdom. Marvin Williams

He possessed all the world had to give him,
He had reached every coveted goal;
But, alas, his life was a failure,
For he had forgotten his soul. —Denison

Poverty of purpose is worse than poverty of purse.

Many times in my life, I have indulged on worldly things with great selfishness, forgetting that those things just offer temporary happiness. I have made decisions, in the past and in the present, that lacked consideration for others, that they eventually turned sour, leaving me anxious, frustrated and regretful. But since the Lord is ever faithful and forgiving, and always finds a way to touch our hearts, we are always given a chance to make up for our shortcomings. May we focus on serving Him and following Jesus' steps, so that we may serve one master... God alone. May God be praised.

Taken from Our Daily Bread dated 12 July 2007.

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