I have been thinking a lot about the story of us. What I mean by this is where we came from, and how we have reached the point we are at now as Christians. As followers of Christ, we continually seek to be like him in what we do, whether word or deed. This seems to be the story of us from the beginning until now.
At the beginning of scripture we see our story begin to unfold in the story of Adam and Eve. Two individuals who had all they could ever need, but selfish nature pushed them to the point of pursuing their wants, rather than their needs. The story begins with a God, our God, who was not trying to be a puppeteer, but rather a God who longed to be a Father. God created man, not for a game He was trying to play, but for companionship and love.
In the creation story we see that God would come and walk with Adam, and then realizing the man was longing for the same companionship, created woman, stating that man should not be alone. He gave man full dominion over the earth and set forth the basis of life as we know it.
Everything was going great for Adam and Eve until the day when they realized the want for more…overlooking what they really needed and desiring that which they could not have; they took part in something they were never supposed to. This same mindset follows us today. We are so wrapped up in our wants that we neglect to see that what we need is sitting right in front of us the whole time.
What are we supposed to do in this age? Where technology moves along so quickly that by the time you purchase a computer and get it home it is out-dated. Cell phones are the same. People’s insatiable desire for things they want causes blindness toward the things they need to get by. We see this on a daily basis when it comes to what is truly important in our lives; we tend to have our priorities a little mixed up at times.
I have seen people who are obviously in need of life sustaining nourishment pass up on food just to buy $30 worth of lottery tickets in hopes of hitting it big, instead of spending the $30 to purchase food that could last them for four days. I have seen individuals who will purchase the newest vehicle or newest television or cellular phone instead of making sure their children have proper winter clothing to keep them warm.
We live in a world that is mixed up…we live in a world that is confusing, and at times we just need to sit back and truly seek God for the necessities of life. Where are your priorities today? Are you focused on what you need? Or, are you focused on what you want, hoping that your needs will magically take care of themselves?
Today is the day you can declare freedom from the materialism that is tearing our families apart at the seams…what are you willing to do?
“19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” — Matthew 6:19-20