To an extent, earthly possessions are good...
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things,” said Apostle Paul to the Colossians (3:2). This verse is one of the very many that we easily memorize because of Sunday school jingles or some other memory tactic, but what does it mean to us as modern-day Christians? Are we to set aside all earthly things that we possess to please God? Are we bound, because of our faith, to become hermits? We, as a Body of Christ, should take full advantage of the beautiful creation that God has given us to flourish in, but it should not be any more than that. Everyday things that we use to live should stay as “things,” and nothing more.
As adolescents, we are prone to set our happiness on temporary things, such as significant others, social networking sites, reading, eating, sleeping, and listening to music; the list goes on. As long as our happiness is based on temporary things, our happiness is only temporary. We wish that the things in our lives give us never-ending happiness, but they aren’t able to provide that happiness for us because earthly things are made by man; therefore, the things in our lives are flawed.
What is left to trust in if everything is bound to eventually fail us? If everything is UN-perfect, it would make the most sense to keep trust in the One person that is perfect. He came to this earth and went through the trials that we often face in life except He didn’t sin.
Instead of looking around us and depending on the things on earth and praying that it follows through for our benefits, we ought to look above to God and trust in Him with our treasures set above where Christ keeps our place in Heaven with Him. In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus Christ proclaimed to “not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”When having trust in Christ, no person can take that away. When we fully believe that God sent His only son to die on the cross, where he rose again three days later, nothing can affect our passion for the love that is shown for us. God’s Word will not fade away. We ought to keep our hearts focused on God and what He wants for us in our lives, rather than allowing the things of this earth to steer us off our paths. Allow God to be the center of your life, “and he will keep your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6). J
**Seen on The Flock on September 18th, 2012.