"Material Girl?"

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By: Samantha Roberts

Luke 16:13, "No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." (NIV)

Have you watched commercials lately? They tell you, “You need this new phone, this fancier car. It will make your life better. It will make you better.” There is always something newer and better out there, and if we don’t keep up we won’t be as good as the person who has it all. That’s what companies want us to believe.

The truth is, we often confuse the word “want” with the word “need.” “Mom, I need a new iPod.” No, you don’t. You want a new iPod. An iPod isn’t going to nourish your body or shelter you from the cold. If you truly needed it, God would provide it.

We tend to want much more than we actually need. That leads to a pursuit of stuff in a world where there is already more stuff than we could possibly ever acquire. However, the pursuit of stuff isn’t where we will find happiness and fulfillment in life.

The Bible tells us that what we own shouldn’t be the measure of who we are. Instead, our character and faith in God should tell the world who we are.

More verses in the Bible talk about money than any other topic. Why is this subject so important to God? Probably because it is easy to allow a love of money and pursuit of wealth to take God’s place in our hearts. Our God is a jealous God. He wants our hearts to Himself and He won’t tolerate having to share our devotion with anyone or anything else, especially the “god” of money.

As God’s children whom He loves, we can rest assured He will provide us with everything we need when we need it. Jesus proved this to His disciples when He asked them to go on a journey and take nothing with them. Their cloaks, bags, even their shoes – everything they thought they “needed” – had to be left behind. Can you imagine leaving for a month-long road trip with no extra clothes, no money for food, not even shoes on your feet? Sounds crazy, right? But God provided for every need they had, and when Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” they were able to answer, “Nothing” (Luke 22:35).

God doesn’t want us to love money or things more than Him because the material “stuff” of this life won’t always be there for us, but He will. God will never fail you or fail to meet your true needs. Ask Him to help you put Him first always and help you see the difference between your wants and needs. Remember, no matter what the world says, your character and faith in God are more important than what you own or what your bank statement says you’re worth.

Don’t buy into the world’s idea of what you “need” and what will bring you happiness. Nothing you can ever buy or obtain will fulfill you like having a relationship with the God who created you to love Him.

Prayer:


Heavenly Father, please help me stay strong and not buy into the world’s idea of what I’m worth. Help me see the difference between my wants and needs, and give me strength to trust You for what I really need. Thank You for providing for every need I have. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Related Resources:

Wise Up!, by Rebecca Ingram Powell

Think About It:

Are you a material girl? If not, do you know someone who is?

How has a desire for “stuff” affected your life or the life of someone you know?

Live It:
The next time you clean your room, sort your stuff by the things you need and things you don’t need. Consider selling the items you don’t need and using the money to help someone in need. Here are some ideas on what you can do with the money:
*Buy canned goods and donate them to a local soup kitchen or food pantry
*Give a donation to a non-profit organization like World Vision who provides for the needy around the world
*Or if you know a family in need, buy a gift card to a local grocery store or give cash to help them pay their power bill

Ask your parents for ideas. They may even want to contribute too!

Tell Us About It:

How have you seen God provide for your needs?

Power Verses:

Hebrews 13:5, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." (NIV)

Matthew 6:20-21, “…Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (NIV)

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