Whether it’s hobbies, entertainment, wealth, worldly material, or position, please don’t get too attached, for they will all pass away.
The world’s measurement is not the same as God’s measurement.
If you’re currently not affluent it does not mean that God doesn’t love you.
The Bible clearly states “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17
What are you busy doing?
Have we been too attached to the world more than what God has for us? Are the desires of our hearts in alignment with God’s will for us? What have you been spending your time on lately? Who have you been getting counsel or advice from?
Our attachments say a lot about us as a person. If you value something or someone, you will naturally be drawn to them.
I used to envision owning a home before I get married because I’ve never lived in a permanent home here in America. Growing up we were constantly moving from one house to another.
Also coming from a modest family, I grew up desiring to have more than what my parents could afford. Personally, security is a big thing for me, because I refused to repeat the mistakes my family made that led them to bankruptcy.
Now when Jesus said “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head,” (Matthew 8:20) it made me think how the Lord never had a permanent home while He was here on earth.
I don’t think He did due to the many places He visited during His ministry.
Then I realized how our life could not be tied up with the things of this world.
Whether God blesses me to have a home before marriage or not, it does not negate the love He has for me, His precious daughter. The blessing should never be our aim in living. The Person behind the blessing should always be our main focus.
Lately, the Lord has been reminding me “Sharon, anything (and anyone) that doesn’t pull you closer to Christ is automatically pulling you away from Christ.”
Now I understand why it’s crucial to put Christ as the preeminence of our life.
The incessant amount of distraction and temptation of this world has been luring many to crave more of the world instead of the Word.
Have you considered how loud and dazzling the media has been lately? If we’re honest, we’ve spent more hours on social media and entertainment which later influenced how we conduct our life. The things we consume, purchase, and value start off from the things we see through our eyes. Some may have fallen into the comparison game due to the excessive focus they give to other people’s achievements or status.
Jesus said “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23)
Be careful with what you are watching and seeing, friends! If it's nonsense and cluttering your mind with more stress, then maybe it’s time to declutter and shift your focus to something more beneficial for your spiritual, physical, and financial growth (like this blog!) 😀
What you feed will always grow. Both good and bad. There was a quote I saw before which said “Stop buying things you don’t need with money you don’t have to impress people you don’t like.” 😂 True. True. True!
The Bible tells us “A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain & simple life is a full life.” (Proverbs 13:7) How have we been displaying our life in social media? Has it been glorifying God or oneself? I’ve learned how simple living can elevate my joy and satisfaction with where I am currently. I am not pressured to showcase my personal life because my validation does not come from men but from God.
In everything I do, I ask myself “Is this glorifying God and leading others to Christ or not?”
Unfortunately, some may have been conditioned to think if you’re not blessed and highly favored then something is definitely wrong with you. No no no. This is a lie of the enemy.
I believe the portion of wealth and need all depends on the capacity of the heart. 🤍
Meaning God knows how much you and I can handle here on earth. He will never entrust us with a million-dollar income if we are reckless in the way we spend our money currently. And for what purpose will we use the money also determine how much God will entrust us with.
Infinitely, God entrusts wealth to those who manage it well. Those who will use it to be a blessing for others. ✨
Wealth is NOT the measure of GOD’s love for you & me.
The amount of money you have or make should not make you feel insecure or doubt God’s goodness over your life.
“Jangan terlalu nyaman dengan hal duniawi yang sementara.”
Translation: “Don’t get too comfortable with temporary worldly things.”
When we set our mind on the things above and not on the things below, we began to have a Kingdom perspective. (Colossians 3:2) Developing healthy and Godly eyesight takes time. Desiring more of God and living in obedience to His word is what keeps us away from the unnecessary trivial things of life.
It is my prayer that you & I will become lovers of the Word and not of this world.
“Ignore the Word & suffer; honor God’s commands & grow rich.” (Proverbs 13:13)
The Word of God is what sustains us in every season of life. It helps calibrate our hearts & reinvigorate our spirit & soul to do what is well pleasing to the Lord.
The more satisfied we are with Who God is, the less tempted we’ll be by the endless options in this world. Remember that you are forever loved by the Maker of heaven & earth.
Living Gratefully, 💌