Like most people, I struggle with materialism. It’s easy to do in today’s culture that endlessly markets the latest and greatest things to us. But I recently came across a post at Attention Span that really convicted me in this area. He made an especially good point in answering the question of whether we deserve more than we have:
We deserve death. It’s not our works that save. If we truly got what we deserve, we’d be dead and separated from God forever by now. It’s only by the grace and mercy of God that we do not get what we deserve. So why do we forget that? Why does materialism have such a strong pull on us? Why is having the newest, biggest, best and most crowd out any thoughts of our responsibility to loving our neighbor as ourselves?
Let’s face it, church. We’re spoiled. Spoiled rotten. And if we can bear to pull ourselves off of God’s throne for a few minutes, we need to take care of the widows and orphans, those who are hungry, thirsty, lonely, naked, sick and imprisoned. We’ve got to be God’s instruments. We must allow Him to use us as anything He desires. And we have to get over ourselves. We may be children of God, but we are nothing without Him. Concentrating on the material things keeps us from being and doing what God wants us to be.
When viewed from this perspective, any thoughts of wanting more than I have disappear. In fact, what we should be doing is focusing on what God has already done for us and realize it’s more than enough. This is expressed beautifully in a song by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio entitled “Enough”. The chorus sums this up quite well:
All of You is more than enough for
All of me for every thirst and
You satisfy me with Your love
And all I have in You is more than enough