This is a topic that I’ve been thinking about for a while:
Another word for it is greed, selfishness, stinginess…all of these terms are synonymous with materialism with me.
What’s the deal with needing stuff?
Why do I need 57 pairs of shoes, every new gizmo and gadget that hits the market, and a new car?
I go through my stuff periodically. When I start purging this question runs through my mind: When was the last time I used this? If I cannot remember the last time I’ve used something I get rid of it. Here recently I have been selling things that I haven’t used in a while, and I am proud to say that I have made some nice money doing so.
Now here’s an obvious statement:
When you die, nothing goes with you.
This fact has really inspired me to become more introspective. Why am I hoarding? If nothing can go with me anyway why do I want so much stuff? Someone tell me that I am not the only one who feels this way.
What if I put the same amount of energy into reaching out to others that I put into seeking wealth and possessions?
Maybe this is an extreme viewpoint, but I am quite confident that the issue of materialism is really stunting the growth of Christians.
My dad shared this verse with me:
Luke 12: 15:
“And [Jesus] said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness,” for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
So Jesus says that your self-worth is not tangled up in what you own…that’s awesome! That’s freedom! That’s the gospel! And I love it!
I want my life to be filled with sharing the gospel, raising a family, you know? Things that actually matter.
The floor is now opened for discussion. What do you think about materialism? Share your thoughts, Bible verses, etc. I want to hear from you!