Hebrews 13:5 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.” NIV
With Christmas right around the corner, the pressure to make a few extra bucks can make this time of the year stressful. The fact is, it should be a time that we rejoice, remembering the faithfulness of our God who sent His Son Jesus Christ into the World.
Money has a subtle way of reemerging itself as a false god in our lives, stealing our joy and creating discontentment – especially at this time of the year. Our culture has put so much emphasis on wealth and pleasure that we are constantly being reminded of these things every time we turn on the TV, drive down the street or walk into a store. It is everywhere.
In the parable of the sower, Jesus warns us about a certain seed that fails to produce crop:
Mark 4:18-19 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.NIV
The reason this seed fails to produce crop is because the person takes their eyes off of Jesus and starts to worry about the things and desires of this life, trying to get ahead (not trusting in Jesus to provide). They get consumed chasing the things of this world: the next tech gadget, the car, the mortgage, something more improved. They heard the word, and for a time there was growth, but wealth, like thorns, comes and chokes out the plant destroying its life. It is a warning because Jesus throws the unfruitful plants into the fire.
So as Christmas season approaches, don’t stress, Jesus has promised to provide for our NEEDS (listed as clothes and food) and has reassured us that He will not leave us or forsake us.
Keep your eyes on the prize… and choose to be content and thankful for what you have. Being content is a choice we make. Being thankful is a choice we make. I’m not suggesting that giving your kids a nice gift is wrong, but if your desire to get that money/gift is stronger than your desire to be in fellowship with the Lord, you need to reevaluate your priorities. Are you taking a second job and skipping worship with your church in order to have a nice Christmas?
So stay focused and alert this Christmas as the love of money creeps like a thief in the night, to steal your contentment and joy in the Lord.
Supporting Verses: 1 Timothy 6:6-8 & Philippians 4:12
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