Devotional: Truth Over Lies W5D2

 

Tuesday – Possessions Bring Happiness

Read: Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 12:15; Ecclesiastes 3:11
SOAP: Matthew 6:19-21

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] 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. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.- Matthew 6:19-21

Do you own a collection of any kind?  You can see photos of the world’s largest collections of bagpipes, autographed baseballs, and DVDs online.  Ironically, the owner of the world’s largest DVD collection complains that he can never find anything to watch!

We think possessions will bring happiness.  Retail therapy comforts our tears. Yet, the items we accumulate do not fill our spiritual void.  Jesus taught on maintaining a proper perspective of possessions.  Ultimately, our wealth and our lives belong to God.  We cannot take what we own with us into eternity.  Therefore, putting all our time, resources, and energy into material things is fruitless. How we manage the resources God gives us shows where our priorities and affections lie.

How are you currently using your possessions to glorify God?  Is there anything in your life you need to declutter to make more room for Jesus?

Father God, thank You for being a good and gracious God who is the giver of all good things.  Help me to realize that everything I have is a gift from You.  Lord, help me to use what I have to help others.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.