And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15
When my oldest daughter was in third grade, I made her memorize Bible verses with the theme, “Be content.” My need to have her memorize those verses was due to her uncanny ability to come home from school and say things like, “Susie had really cool new shoes today. Can I get some?” Or, “Jenny had these awesome gel pens. She got them at Shopko.” Child, you have shoes and pens that work just fine. God says be content with what you have.
Our culture today makes it easy to attain any items we think will make us happy. If I want to purchase something, I don’t even need to leave my house. From waffle makers to the latest technology, a search on any social media platform will give me reviews and advice for almost any item I want to purchase. Then, with a couple of clicks and a credit card, it will be delivered to my door. I don’t have to see or talk to anyone.
In his message this weekend, Pastor Greg said that “the ego-centricity of greed bankrupts our relationships with others and bankrupts our relationship with God.” We don’t want to become so focused on our stuff, that we forget to work on caring for each other.
In the example of my daughter, what if I would have agreed to purchase a package of pens for her instead of forcing out-of-context, scripture memory work on her? What if I asked her to share those pens with someone in her class that didn’t have any? What if they wrote and drew together, side by side, forging a new friendship? That would have been a great example of working on relationships! And, I think it would have made God smile.
Gracious Father, it’s so easy to get caught up in the newest fad, to chase after the American dream and forget all the blessings we have. Help us to see what you value. Help us to love each other more than we love possessions. Wrap us in your heavenly embrace and let us know without a doubt we are loved just as we are. In your precious, saving Son’s name, Amen.
Written by Julie Anderson
Julie Anderson is a member of Sheridan’s Devotion Writing Team. She works part-time as Sheridan’s Children’s Music Coordinator where she is passionate about teaching children to use their musical gifts to praise God.Julie is married to Scott and counts her greatest honor as being mom to Adrienne, Eliot and Elise.