I have two children in my house: a 2.5 and 1 year old. I can’t tell you how many times my oldest says, “But Mommy, I want it!!” Many times it is because she wants Whataburger.. but who doesn’t! In fact, we just had that today for lunch.. but that is besides the point.
As men, we get caught in the rat race of life and it is so easy to want to keep up with the Joneses. We work hard every day, sometimes multiple days without stopping, so we can provide the best life possible for our family. And rightly so!
But at what cost? What are we willing to sacrifice to get the next big thing? Or the shiniest new toy? Or the bigger house?
Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Have you ever done a study on being thankful? If you have, I challenge you to ask yourself if you came away from that study feeling beat up… because I sure have!
When you start looking at the different passages in scripture that have to deal with being thankful, there are so many it is almost overwhelming! For me, it gets to the point of convicting me that I am not being thankful enough – which is what the Word of God is supposed to do!
We see verses like Hebrews 12:28, Psalm 118:1-18, James 4:6, 1 Timothy 6:8, Philippians 4:11, and so on and so forth. So I have a couple of questions for us today. First, are you content? Are you thankful for the blessings God has given you?
Honestly ask yourself this question. What happens if you bust your rear and then get a call about a raise and learn it wasn’t enough in your mind. Do you get angry and upset thinking “After all I have done for this company, THIS is how they treat me?!”
Or do you even have this attitude to begin with and instead say, “Wow! They really notice my hard work and are rewarding me with more money! How thoughtful and generous!”
I can tell you that more times than not I personally have the former attitude.. and I ask for your prayers that I can overcome this and have the latter.
But it is SO easy for us to fall into this trap. Satan wants us to think that we need more. After all, the physical realm is Satan’s world. But at the same time, Paul reminds us that “everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” (1 Timothy 4:4-5)
Now let me ask you this – Are you thankful for the Son? Are you thankful for His sacrifice? Do you remember what it was like to live in darkness? Are you truly thankful for all that He has done for us?
If so, then why are we begging for more? We don’t even deserve to be breathing right now! But by the grace of God He delivered us from our sin by sending His Son to die so that through the watery graves of baptism we too shall walk in newness of life. Why then are we acting like my 2.5 year old throwing a fit when I got her McDonalds instead of Whataburger? Why then are we being greedy and not thankful for the jobs and possessions we do have? If we truly are thankful for what the Lord has done for us, then we would not have this problem of greed and want because we truly know that we do not deserve to be living right now to begin with!
Is it wrong to want more things? Of course not! Nor is it wrong to be rich and have money. What is wrong is if that is our total mindset. Money is not the root of all evil, but the LOVE of money is! We need to always be thinking on spiritual matters and not the physical. The Egyptians when a Pharaoh died, they would bury him with all his gold and worldly possessions so that he may have them in the afterlife. Problem is, scriptures teach something totally different.
Christ tells us in Matthew 6:19-21 ““Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
I will leave you with this – where is your heart?