Materialism is the attempt to solve a Spiritual need with something Physical. This cannot be done, and even the attempt will bring you nothing but strife, grief and frustration. A whole lot of suffering for things that turn to dust. Things are good. God likes things, He made them, He wants us to have them. But they cannot be too important to us. This penchant for loving things instead of loving what He has told us to love is not a simple misplacement of our innocent affections. We are much more responsible than that. We are not innocent of anything. The Age of Innocence is what we departed from as a people when man fell from God’s Grace. As fallen men we are born into guilt and a corrupt system, which has taught us to love things instead of loving Him.
It’s not just that the material things of this world have no value in the next world, most of them do not exist. The things here are meant only for our temporary use or pleasure and are nothing more than shapes of much better things to come. This life is a proving ground, not our eternity. We are created to live at much higher levels than the low level living we have grown accustomed to. In our limited state we are not even capable of comprehending what God has prepared for those who love Him. One thing we know for sure is that everything He has for us is good, and His plans for us are eternal. These good things that last forever are only for those who are willing to learn the proper placement of their highest affections here and now.
Break yourself of the habit of saying I love my car, my house, that restaurant – or any other thing. Love is too strong a word for things. Say that you enjoy them or that you like them. You do not have that much love in you, nobody does. A clear lack of understanding of the Biblical meaning of love is demonstrated when the word is used that way. It is not what we mean or even think we mean that will set the standard when we are Judged. God has already set the standard. He says the Word is what will Judge us. Using our words in a way that is contrary to the way we are commanded in the Bible is what will be Judged.
Real love is precious and you only have a limited amount. What that means is every time we claim we love anything beyond the limitations He has already set on our ability to love, we speak falsely. In doing so we are not simply using incorrect grammar, we are stacking up Judgment. Our words are one of the main things that will be Judged. God has given man the capacity to love Him and to love people. We do not do the first, and are often weak at the second. So we love things instead. Enjoy things, appreciate them, be glad that you have them, and be glad to give them. But do not love them. Loving things will cost you, and you don’t want it to do that.
When Jesus comes back if any of your things are important to you, any of them – you will not be going with Him. You will be staying with your things. It is in the Bible! We are warned to remember Lot’s wife. How during a time of Judgment, while Sodom was being destroyed and she was being rescued, she looked back to what was most precious to her. It was her things and her home and the life she knew in Sodom that was more precious to her than her own Divine deliverance in the midst of destruction. As a result she was turned to stone.
In Scripture, the person on the housetop and the one in the field were both warned not to go back and get things. The things themselves are not spiritual but the value we place on them is. Yet the condition of our heart is spiritual, so we will not be able to hide it. What is in you will come out of you like toast popping up from a toaster, when God shows up. When the Lord of all creation reveals Himself for every eye to see, it will be impossible to be anything other than exactly what you are. Not what you thought you were, what you really are and always have been. With Him or against Him. When He is revealed the real you will be revealed. All the things will be destroyed. That is why it is essential not to be attached to any of your things. Seriously.
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