The Best Things in Life Aren't Things

J. D. Conley
March 3, 2013

We live in a land of plenty. Sadly, this has led the majority to want plenty. So many have been sucked into the acquisition vortex. It seems that people possess an insatiable craving for stuff and more stuff. Closets, basements and garages bulge with so much stuff, storage units must be rented to make room. Finally, when folks tire of their stuff, they host yard sales for others who are also in pursuit of more stuff. If folks can't unload their vast piles of stuff via yard sales, they ultimately make a trip (or several trips) to the dump, and there finally purge themselves of their burden. Landfills all over are stuffed with stuff on top of stuff. Therefore, when will the human race learn that the best things in life aren't things?

The love of things will cause us to forget the important things. God has given us many warnings about being materially minded. Forgetting that God is the source of our blessings (Dt.6:10-12; Jas.l:17) is a most precarious position in which one can find themselves. Who among us would deny that forgetting God is a problem in our materialistic world? Millions are selling their souls to technology and feel they have to have every new gadget the moment it appears on store shelves. No matter what the desired object might be, Christians need to exercise self-control. Having things is not wrong, provided they do not have us. But when God is forgotten all suffer.

Let us not be swept away in the current of materialism. Let's not succumb to the world's quest for more and more. Rather, "Having food and raiment let us be therewith content" (lTim.6:8). May we learn as did Paul "For I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content" (Phi.4:11). He emphasized "But godliness with contentment is great gain " (lTim.6:6). Surely, we can see that the best things in life cannot be things. In fact, they can be the worst things, if our affection for them is not kept in check.

"Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Lk.12:15).