by Pastor Lee Hemen
February 21, 2007
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
There are those who have reduced their faith to a mere means to an end. It makes them happy, it makes them safe, it makes them rich, or it makes them better people. Here in Hebrews he reminds us that the focus of our faith should never ever be ourselves and whether or not we are comfortable in life. When Jesus said He came to give as an abundant life, we should realize it was not one filled with stuff that makes us happy, rich, safe, or a better person. The full life comes from a life that is completely focused on Him alone. We are to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and the things in life will not matter because He will make sure we have what we need.
In San Francisco on the Wharf there are little shops all over the place that offer customers stuff. Lots of stuff. Most of it is junk. But it is dressed up and displayed in such a way that literally millions of people will head there year after year just to have the privilege of buying more of this “stuff.” Years ago George Carlin, a comedian from the Hippy era, did a routine whereby he related that his stuff was far more important than your stuff because it was his stuff. As he looked down on houses that he was flying over one day headed to another gig, he realized that all those garages were filled with stuff. And all of that junk, err stuff, was important to the people who lived in those houses. Tons of stuff that was in reality worthless to most people because it is just so much stuff.
We get easily lead astray. We think this life is all about us. Our desires, our wants, our needs, when in fact this is not what God created us for at all. We are to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and we are to love others as we love ourselves. The latter is pretty difficult for some of us to do because we love ourselves way too much! We are to keep ourselves free of such things and be content with what God has given us. After all He has promised that once He lives in us, He will never leave us nor forsake us. If you have God, through Jesus Christ, you have it all. You do not need anything else. No stuff can replace the fact that Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you. Remember that today, won’t you?
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