“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Thankful for What is Most Important
Have you ever cleaned out your basement or garage and discovered many things that you forgot you ever had? While you may be amused at rediscovering something you forgot about, perhaps you ask yourself: “Why do I have all this stuff?”
God truly blesses us with many physical blessings. Everything we have comes from him. He provides all the necessary things for life and is generous to give us many more things than we really “need.” His blessings abundantly fill our lives.
Yet we must be careful that we do not begin to love the gifts more than God who gives them. It is easy for our hearts to become greedy and not be happy with what we have. It is so easy to continually want MORE … money… toys… houses… boats… cars… without end.
Yet none of these things can ever satisfy us completely or fill the place in our life and heart that can only belong to God. Jesus once warned: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” He teaches us that there is more to life and more to us than earthly possessions. He is the source of all that we need spiritually and eternally.
So the Lord Jesus instructs our hearts to focus on what’s really important. Money and the things money can buy are benefits that God graciously gives us, but money cannot buy a relationship with God. Jesus is the only way for us to know God and be with God.
For all that we are thankful for today, Jesus is the most important.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your continued care, providing all that I need for my life. Most importantly, thank you for sending Jesus through whom I have the peace of the forgiveness of sins and the joy of an eternal relationship with you. Amen.