“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal … ” Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 are a warning about the dangers of materialism. But are we heeding them? It’s a material world— we’ve heard that for decades— but that doesn’t mean you have to be part of it. Rob West with some the warning signs of materialism.
- Most of us are very familiar with Jesus’ warning about earthly treasures but is He saying that money and things are bad and we shouldn’t have them?
- It was actually Roman soldiers who first made something resembling a closet.
- The modern word “armoire” comes from “armarium” and the Roman weapons case eventually became a cabinet for storing objects— usually clothes.
- We didn’t need much storage space until well into the 20th century with the advent of consumerism.
- Now we have self-storage outfits all over the place where people actually pay a monthly fee to store stuff they can’t fit into their houses.
Q - How do we know if we’re taking care of our stuff or our stuff is taking care of us?
- Examine your attitude. Do you own the things crammed into your garage, or does God?
Q - How we do we know we’re not fooling ourselves? Maybe we say God owns everything but we’re still coveting stuff?
- First, you feel you deserve a higher lifestyle.
- You measure success by the world’s standards, not God’s.
- You feel superior or inferior to others based on their net worth.
- You admire people for their wealth and look down on people who have less than you.
- You ignore God’s direction by failing to go where He leads you because it would mean giving up what you consider the good life.
- You no longer care about the needs of others.
- You disregard God’s command to be generous to the poor.
Q - What do we do if we notice we've fallen into one or all of these habits?
- Pray that God would restore a balance in your life.
- Give stuff away.
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