Can we stop, and let me be completely transparent again? In my prayer time, God showed me that I had become materialistic.
What? Wait now, I just like nice things. I’m not obsessed with money or getting more things. I don’t value things over my family, or you God! Isn’t it funny that when God starts to clean up the areas of our heart that makes us uncomfortable; we start trying to justify them!
I looked up the definition on materialistic on dictionary.com. Here’s what it said…
excessively concerned with physical comforts or the acquisition of wealth and material possessions, rather than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.
Whoa now…. give me a few synonyms.
Synonyms include: (thinking mainly about physical things)- greedy, secular, sensual, temporal, acquisitive, carnal, earthly, material, object-oriented, possessive, unspiritual,
BUT GOD!! I’m not greedy, or possessive…. I just like to shop. I don’t want to be worldly, earthly or materialistic!!!
**Can we just stop and address something? This does not mean that God doesn’t want us to have nice things & be blessed. **
For me this means that I can not find validation in a nice savings account, tons of things, a new car, and major shopping hauls. This means that I can not boost my self-esteem by posting photos on Instagram of myself spending excessively, because I want people to know that I have lots of things (because it makes me feel good that people think I am successful.) Insecurity can lead to the love of money & possessions.
There was a season in my life that I became OBSESSED with working overtime. I would work 4-5 twelve hour shifts a week. Why? It wasn’t so I could give more, or donate to a charity. It was because I became obsessed with buying things that I did not get to have as a child. I felt like I had missed out on enough and now was my time to shine. What ended up happening, is that I became DEPENDENT on money. I put my trust into my paycheck and my savings account. One day, God said “If I told you to quit nursing, and spend your day telling people about me…would you do it?” *crickets* But God, how will we pay this? And what about this?
I forgot all about Hebrews 13.
5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
“I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you.”
6 So we can say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper,
so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?”
The bottom line is, we should be satisfied with what we have. In every season we should be content. By placing our trust in material things; are we telling God that we can do a better job than Him? Are we telling God that his blessings in this season aren’t good enough? That what he has provided isn’t enough? We’ve got to trust God to meet all of our needs. There is more to life than the #goals on social media.
Until next time,