Possessions Are Only Temporary
Let me paraphrase that verse: “But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth and possessions but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face.”
While getting my hair cut yesterday, my friend Linda and my wife and I were talking about how different things were when we were growing up. I think we all agreed that today, life is about possessions. People do not own possessions but possessions own people. That's right, people are possessed by their possessions and we're all guilty. We have to wake up and realize none of those things are going to last.
Jesus said in Luke 12:15: And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses."
Remember the C&W song by Willie and Waylon, Lukenback Texas? One part say's, "Maybe it's time we get back to the basics of love." I think that says it all. Never judge your self-worth by your net worth. Never think your value is related to your valuables. Realize that the greatest things in life aren’t things. You didn’t bring anything into the world, and you’re not taking anything out of it. Life is not about acquisition or achievement. Life is about relationship and learning how to love God and other people.
The best way to remember that your life is not about things to build your life on, but focus on eternal priorities that will last forever. Every possession is temporary, so don’t build your life on acquiring possessions. Only two things are going to last forever: the Word of God and people.
You’ve got a choice to make. The world is telling you that you’ve got to get more to be happier, more successful, more important, more valuable, and more secure. You’ve got to decide if you’re going to listen to Madison Avenue or the Master. Are you going to listen to culture or Christ? Are you going to listen to the world or the Word?
One will make you dissatisfied the rest of your life; one will make you truly happy. Before you can move toward financial freedom, you have to ask yourself, “What is the primary purpose of my life? To just get more? What do I think about, talk about, and give my most to? What am I living my life for?
There was a famous millionaire in California who took her own life many years ago. At the funeral somebody said, “I don’t understand it. She had so much to live for.” That is the way the world thinks. The truth is, she had so much to live on. She had nothing to live for.
You may have a lot to live on, but do you have anything to live for? Do you have a relationship with God? The myth of the world is that you can have it all. The truth is that you can’t have it all. And, more importantly, you don’t need it all to be happy. You’re as happy as you choose to be.
The secret of contentment is finding your security and your satisfaction not in what you have but in whose you are. You find it in Christ. I had rather have Jesus than all the gold in the world. God Bless!