Unspeakable Joy Devotional

30-November

 

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Shop ‘Til We Drop. Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

A devotional written by J. Liebelt over 10 years ago was a great find as I stumbled to try and find something that God would have me share today. All things being equal, I’m glad to be a Christian, living in America. Many of us, myself included, have been blessed with material prosperity that is common to average Americans. This week marks the official start to another holiday shopping season. Many of us will venture out to local malls, fighting crowds to get the best deals as we work through our Christmas shopping lists. Yet, I am troubled by the notion that somehow our material prosperity is directly related to our relationship with Jesus.

John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Does the abundant life really mean that Jesus came to help us focus on our ability to shop ‘til we drop? I don’t think so. Jesus did come to give us life to the full, but the abundant life He was referring to is spiritual in nature. It’s a life where God infuses us with His Spirit, molds us into the image of Christ and overflows to others who observe and can be influenced and blessed. Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Yes, many of us are blessed in material ways. Yet, we ought not confuse material blessing as a spiritual status symbol. For the Christ-follower, material blessings should always be seen as means to an end-not the end in and of itself. Make no mistake, God expects us to use everything we have for His honor and His glory. Jesus said in Luke 12:48 “But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

This weekend as you venture out to do holiday shopping, take a moment to thank God for your material blessings. While you are at it, be sure to guard yourself in which you focus on getting more for yourself, as opposed to using your material blessings to serve and bless others.

 

 

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