Romans 13; 1 Samuel 25; Psalm 68
Our economy is based on consumerism. Ads are designed to appeal to people like me and make me not just want, but NEED, the latest thing – whether that be a soft drink or the latest model car. How easily we buy the latest thing and throw away the old. One of the problems is that we not only throw away things, we also tend to throw away people or relationships if they don’t “meet our needs.” What we should be thinking about is not “things,” but people. What we should be focusing on more than anything is our relationship with God. “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” (Romans 13:14) Part of our problem with this issue is that our desires have been made to seem like needs. If we began each day with a focus on Jesus Christ, many of those things we think are “needs” would be shown to be desires. We run into problems when we work so hard to take care of our desires that we forget about what we really need: a strong relationship with Jesus Christ.
Lord, help me to focus on You as I go through each day. Don’t let me get distracted by “things” that can’t satisfy my need for You. Give me the desire to make my relationship with You stronger every day.