Growing up my dad use to tell me if I wanted something, I have to go get it myself because he wasn’t going to pay for it. So at a young age that is what I did. At 14 I went out and got a job working at a dry cleaner shop for a big hourly wage of .50 an hour. About a year later a job opportunity opened up in retail store and I jumped up to minimum wage ($4.10/hour). A few years had passed and I moved into the technology field where I began to make really good money.
With lots of money in my pocket I had began to take my dad’s advice and started to buy everything that I wanted. I had a nice brand new Toyota Tacoma, a sports car, a brand new wave runner, and more toys than I new what to do with. At the age of 18 I learned that getting material items was easy if you worked hard and put all your time into it. But at the same time I was never happy and always wanted something new. The newest phone, newest computer, newest car or anything else that would make my friends covet what I had so I could look cool.
Looking back, I had been chasing everything for selfish gain, and trying to find a happiness that I could never fill through materialism. It wasn’t until I gave my life to Christ that I found out that all those things are meaningless if you don’t have Christ in your life.
Turn my heart toward your statutes (laws) and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Psalm 119:36-37
On our daily walk how much of it is for our self? I think as people it is easy to lose sight of what really matters. We have so much materialism and things that get in the way and cloud our life with meaningless worries, that we struggle to do what were were put here on earth to do; and that is to have a relationship with God. The older I get the more I begin to realize how fast death is coming and the things that really matter become so clear to me that where I spend my time and resources should be directed from God and not selfishness.
Are material things bad? No but after going to Africa and Vietnam and seeing that people are struggling to eat, my cars didn’t seem as important anymore. Your perspective on what you chase after begins to change and your heart becomes filled with Gods love enabling you to put aside your own desires and begin to fulfill Gods desires. When you do this, everything around you changes because people begin to experience the love of Christ through you.
Here is my challenge to you.
Think about really matters in your life… Is it God?
If not, what is it? and is it really more important than your relationship with Christ?
If you say it is God, how much time do you spend reading His love letter to you (The Bible)?
All good things come from God so lets start there.
Pray Psalm 119:36-37