Materialism is the tendency to care too much for the things of this world and to neglect spiritual needs. It is a life focus that causes a person to be more concerned about what they have or wish to have than about what they are or what God wants them to be. There are materialistic people in every economic bracket. A materialist is a person who cares too much for the things of this world and neglects spiritual needs – theirs and others. Many times a materialist’s self-interest determines their conduct or behavior.
Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
When God does bless you materially you must not become high-minded or proud. Nor should you put your trust in your money (riches). Each of us must remember that only God can provided for all our needs.
1 Timothy 6:17 NKJV
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives to us richly all things to enjoy.”
Those who are materially wealthy are commanded to recognize and honor God as the source of their wealth. The blessings that God has given these people are to be used for the advancement of His kingdom, not for self-centered living. Their blessings are to be shared with others and enjoyed by many.
1 Timothy 6:18 NKJV
“Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share”
Our obedience to God (even concerning money, blessings) builds a good foundation for the time to come (eternity).
1 Timothy 6:19 NKJV
“storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”
A Christian’s works (deeds) will be evaluated in heaven, not their bank account.
1 Corinthians 3:13-15 NKJV
“…each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
I trust in You. You are the one who gives to us richly all things to enjoy. Thank-you for providing for all my needs. By the power of Holy Spirit, don’t allow me to neglect spiritual needs – mine or those around me. I desire that my conduct and behavior bring glory to You. Help me to lay up for myself treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. May I use Your blessings for the advancement of Your kingdom. Fill me with a desire to be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share.
In Jesus’ name, Amen