Then He (Jesus) said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15, NIV)

Shopping Mall

Some people love to shop. They have a perpetual desire to buy, buy, buy. The craze to find the latest and best deal is worldwide. There are huge shopping centers in China, Saudi Arabia, Canada, the Philippines, the United States, and all around the world. A rise in store purchases and online buying show that shopping is a global phenomenon.

Shopping can be fun, and even relaxing, to some people. There’s nothing wrong with trying to find a good deal and to enjoy the things God has given us. But when we become preoccupied with obtaining material goods, we lose focus.

Jesus challenged His listeners with these words: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15, NIV) He went on to tell a parable about a man “who stores things up for himself,” (Luke 12:21, NIV) but is not concerned about his relationship with God.

How can we learn to be content with what we have and not be consumed with amassing more? Here are some ways:

Lord, our hearts often run after “stuff.” Teach us not to be obsessed with collecting more and more material goods. May we instead learn what it means to be “rich” toward You. Amen.

To be rich in God is far better than to be rich in “things!”

Rich in Faith

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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23 Comments on “GIMME MORE!”

  1. It’s all about stewardship. Managing the things that God entrusts to us. Great reminder, Dave. have a great weekend. In His Service, Jeff


  2. This is a great word may I reblog?


  3. Amen! Collecting stuff is a disease. As you say, if we worried more about the LORD and His spiritual gifts as well as worldly ones, and less about accumulating, the world would be such a better place. It has to start with believers. We are just as bad as non Christians. Great post!! Thank you! 🙂


  4. bwcarey Says:

    stuck on things, less time for love, it’s rather simple to understand, but at a time when so much of the world is in crisis, it’s better that we love a little more, wouldn’t mind a new car though!


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  6. rod Says:

    Great post


  7. Reblogged this on Lillie-Put and commented:
    I really loved the thoughts in this post. Tell me what you think!


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