We all want earthly things.
Whether it’s a new phone, more money, or clothes and gadgets that we see other people with. No one is immune. It’s so easy to chase what is here and tangible with an expectancy that we will be happy when we just get that one thing. That one thing soon turns into another, and another, and another, and we are never satisfied.
The things of this earth are fleeting, and they will come and go. Once we get what we chased, it can only give us temporary happiness, because nothing on earth is big enough to fill the hole inside of us. We have a Jesus-sized hole in our hearts that we keep stuffing with things of this world.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17
Sometimes I am more concerned with what I’m wearing on my body, than sharing the love of Christ. I will do my hair every which way, and change my outfit five times before leaving my apartment in the morning. This sometimes makes me late to class, forfeiting time that I could’ve spent having Spirit-filled conversations before class. I will also come to the store with only a few things I actually need to grab, and leave spending more money than I should have on things I don’t need. That money could have gone towards advancing the Kingdom.
It hurts to write it down and admit that to you guys, but we all need to take the time to examine the area of our lives where we are letting worldly things control us. The Lord has already provided us with all we need.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
There will come a day where each one of us will stand before the Lord and give an account for our lives. You won’t have your phone in hand, and He won’t compliment your outfit. He will look at your heart, and how you have served His people.
This topic is a hard pill to swallow, and I understand that. The best way to overcome temptations of this world is to take little steps. Maybe it’s making a shopping list so you only buy the things you need at the store, or allocating some of your income to furthering the Kingdom. Odds are, you have enough things. Ask God to make you content with what you have. It’s not an overnight change. It’s very hard to chase what isn’t visible, when so much else is, but I promise it is so so worth it. When you accepted Jesus, the world lost its grip on you. Nothing on earth will be able to satisfy you.
Fill your heart with the Word, not the world.
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