Holiday season. It’s the time of year we find ourselves in more department stores shopping for those we love, and chances are we’re doing a little shopping for ourselves as well. Things are on sale and who can pass up a great deal?!
My daughters and I had a “girls” day yesterday. We went out to the stores to pick up gifts for my husband and a few others on our list. We had such a lovely day together looking at things, pondering ideas, and laughing. We even had a pit-stop at the local yogurt bar to keep their “shopping energy” levels up. But amongst all this, I found my own eyes wandering to those things “Oh, look at that pretty bowl. I want that”. Or, “I should get those for our house, we used to have a lot of big things, we should have big things again“. I lost track of our purpose, shopping for others, and started making mental notes of all the things I wanted.
Later in the day, when we were back home and having some down time, I took a browse through social media. Looking at Instagram feeds my wheels start to turn again “She’s so pretty and put together. I should be more like this too“. I found myself sucked in by the world’s desires. Tempted by the things of the world. Ah, stop the madness!
You see, the world embraces success and places it’s significance on money. People believe in the lies surrounding them and put their faith in the false hopes they are told money can give them… Power, Prestige, Status, Happiness, and Security. Does this work for some? Yes! But that’s because we are born into this world already sinful and fallen. Narrow is the gate and few will enter. (Matt. 7:13) So, until our eyes are opened to the bigger picture, we will continue living our day to day in the filth of the earth. Remember, we brought nothing with us when we entered the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. (1 Tim. 6:7)
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. (1 Tim. 6:10) The Bible doesn’t say that money = IS evil. It says that it’s the root of all “kinds” of evil. It matters where we’re putting our trust. God never intended for money to give us those things above, power, status, prestige. He gave it to us to be an exchange for goods or services. Here are some ways money is intended to be used:
- Personal Needs – Able bodied people should work to earn money to provide for the needs of their family.
- For God’s Work – We are commanded to give our first-fruits back to God. By doing so, it will be used to help in the work to further advance the gospel.
- Helping Others – We are to share what we have to help those in need.
Everything we have is from God. It’s on loan from Him to us. It’s not about “how much” we have, it’s about how are we going to use what’s been given to us?
My prayer for you this holiday season is that we fix our eyes on those things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. (Phil. 4:8) Let us approach the throne of grace in confidence. (Heb. 4:16) For it doesn’t matter how many times we fail because God is in the business of restoration. By His grace we are forgiven. So for as long as we are in this world, we are going to fall victims to the lies whispered in our ears trying to distract our attention from the truth. I pray that as people created in the image of God, that we keep our focus on those things which are eternal and not fall into the traps of this world. If I may be so bold and shout the “F” word… FOCUS!