It seem that most of us have lost the wisdom to acquire an emergency fund or a nest egg (something to fall back on). Our number one excuse is we barley have enough to get us through today. That being said, I would like for each of us to take a good look at what we have. Then compare it to what we actually need. For most of us if we’re honest, we should be shocked to find our lives filled with things we could easily live without. It appears progress has changed our dependencies from need to greed and I use the word greed in the sense of self-serving pleasure, and comfort. We never seem to have enough because we can never satisfy our want for “bigger and better” which by the way has no end. God warns us of the dangers involved in this obsession for things in 1 Timothy 6:9 (NLT), But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.
I’m not sure at this point what the figures are for the number of people living in the United States who are living beyond their means, but I did discover that one doesn’t have to be poor for this to happen. The world teaches us that stuff, things, possessions, are the earmarks of success but in reality, it can easily become the demise of a happy life as is written in 1 Timothy 6:10 (NLT), For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith, and pierced themselves with many sorrows. There is a factual possibility of those having the most stuff will simply become heavens biggest losers as stated in Proverbs 23:4-5. In that all their effort, energy, and passion to acquire more and more has taken their sight from what is good, moral, and right in the eyes of God.
Most of us squander our eternal inheritance (from Jesus), for what amounts to (in the big picture) minutes of pleasure during our temporal stay here on planet earth. Timothy 6:10 (NLT), Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. To which, I ask myself often, what is it exactly that I expect from this life! Naturally, “if I’m honest” I know my answer will be selfish, materialistic, and insatiable. All humanistic traits of self-preservation which we’re born with, and it sets the stage for the good news bad news scenario; good news we survive (through greed), bad news we create an unhealthy atmosphere for our species to continue to exist. We weren’t created to be alone as is described in Genesis 2:18. Yet a lot of us try repeatedly to circumvent God’s system and dwell within ourselves, becoming spiritual hermits, void of hope, without concern and unwilling to share. Absolutely absent of value to those around us.
In this writing squander covers every fruit of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. Choosing those things which allow us temporary pleasure and comfort for today. Forsaking such things as quality time with Jesus, family, friends, and neighbors just to add a little more to our stash of success. Squandering away the most valuable memories ever in this life, leaving us to die unfulfilled, hollow, and afraid. Seldom does anyone call for their accountant when faced with death, it is most always family. Most will pass never grasping the agape love which God freely gives today for eternity, in favor of forsaking what this world offers. Truth is, we in this country have become tremendously wasteful in what God has so blessed us with. We no longer fear losing what we have, and neither do we appreciate having it. We each need to learn what Brian Tracy said, “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” Dwell on 1 Timothy 6:6-7 (NLT), 6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.
My prayer is that we know without doubt and be prepared for Timothy 6:15-16 (NLT), 15 For, at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. 16 He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will. All honor and power to him forever! Amen. May we fulfill God’s desires, through a lifestyle of receiving from Him and sharing with others.
HAVE A BLESSED WEEK BY BEING A BLESSING TO OTHERS!
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