Sunday September 2, 2018

by colinscanvas

James 5:5-6

You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. You have condemned and killed innocent people, who do not resist you.

The title of this section of scripture is “Warning to the Rich.” You may think, “I’m not rich. I’ll go ahead and skip this one.” Hold on a second. More than ten percent of the worlds population don’t even have enough food they need to live a healthy life. The way I look at it, if you have a place to sleep and food to eat every day, you are rich in the grand scheme of things.

Now most of us are blessed enough to be able to do more than just eat and sleep well. We travel the world and buy nice things. None of which is bad. 1 Timothy 4:4 says, “Since everything God crated is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks.” The only thing is we have a tendency to turn good things, bad.

These things we satisfy ourselves with aren’t bad, but sometimes we make them to be. We turn our cars, money, houses, boats, watches, and more into idols. We try and satisfy ourselves with these “things” we think we fill us up and really only leave us empty.

These earthly items that leave us empty not only hurt us, but the kingdom. God wants to see you in Heaven. He wants to see you bring your friends and family with you to Heaven by leading them to Jesus. Idols and things we try to satisfy ourselves with are holding some of us back. Let Jesus satisfy you all the way into eternity, it wont be easy, but it’ll be worth it.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” -Matthew 16:24

What am I satisfying myself with?

Do I need to make a change in my mindset towards certain items in my life?

Dear Lord, give us a new lens. Help us to see what is supposedly satisfying us and replace it with you. And through You we will come to love others more. Amen.

Have a great day!

C. Lyman

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