“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life-comes not from the Father but from the world.” – (1 John 2:15-16)
When Hurricane Harvey hit, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt went to work raising money to help the relief effort. He started his fundraising campaign by donating $100,00 of his own and encouraged others to join him. By the time the fundraiser was over, Watt had raised more than $37 million to give to different organizations helping the city of Houston to rebuild. By putting so much of his time, energy, and resources into leading the Hurricane Harvey relief effort, Watt reminded all of us that there is something way more important than material goods.
As Christians, our focus needs to be on God and God alone. It is tempting to define ourselves or place more value in things of this world, but in the end, it isn’t worth it. Some of the richest people on earth are some of the least happy because they find that money and objects isn’t fulfilling. The joy that comes from knowing Christ and understanding you are loved despite your flaws is unmatched.
At times, we can make money or fame or social status an idol. We invest ourselves in trying to get a promotion or making ourselves seem cool. We search for the approval of society instead of working toward God’s will. When this happens, let’s remember that all of these potential idols are temporary, a vapor in the wind. The only thing that lasts forever is Christ and our relationship with Him.
Let’s spend our time on earth storing up treasure in Heaven!
– Joshua Doering
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