1 Timothy 6:7-9

For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

More. We always want more. More money, more clothes, more technology, more friends. It is a never ending cycle because as soon as we get something more, we want something else. Materialism is a soul killer because it pulls our focus away from God and onto the things of this world. And the things of this world won’t last. We were born with nothing and we leave with nothing. That shouldn’t be a depressing thought but a freeing one. The only things that truly matter in this life are God and loving others.

Our things can get such a hold on us that they become idols and then become even harder to eliminate from our lives. We need to ask God to show us what it is that is pulling us farther and farther from him; and he will show you. The trick then is to actually put steps in place that will make that material thing have less and less importance in your life. A good way of doing that is to keep pursuing a deep relationship with God. I’m reminded of the hymn that says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.”

QUESTION 1. What material thing has a tight grip on you? It could be many things. Make a list.
QUESTION 2. Have you given these things over to God and released them, or are you holding onto them too tightly?
CHALLENGE: Ask God what it is in your life that is distracting you from him, and when he shows you take steps to minimize or eliminate those distractions. Focus on Jesus.
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