Happy National Materialism Day! (aka. Black Friday)

Luke 12:31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  We do a weird thing here in the U.S. after Thanksgiving.  It’s something called Black Friday.  You’ve probably heard of it unless you live in an underground bunker.  Here’s how it works.  We spend a day with family and friends being ever so grateful for all that we have.  We sit around a table and share a grand meal, thanking God for His provision on our lives.  Our hearts and stomachs are full.  We are content; all that we have is enough.

Then we wake up early the next morning (this year it actually starting Thanksgiving evening) and set out to buy as much stuff as possible at amazing prices.  Somehow we have stuffed not only a Turkey, but contentedness and acquisition of mass quantities of electronics and other stuff all in one amazing weekend.  This is irony at it’s finest.  And yes… I am still proud to be an American.  But we are missing something, don’t you think?  We determine our peace of mind by our stuff and the security of our stuff.   We worry about having enough stuff and wonder if the stuff we have is as good as other people’s stuff.  It’s all about the stuff to us.  

Jesus said it should all be about the kingdom of God. We should seek that first.  If we would just get our eyes on that, he would give us all the stuff we need.  If he would truly become our peace and our security, he would make sure that we would be provided for.  We’ve got it backwards.  We tell him that once we have ourselves in a good secure place, we will give to him.  He said pursue His kingdom and he’ll give to you.  He didn’t say that you have to give it all up so you can suffer.  He just wants your focus right so it can all be added to you.  Priorities, my friends, priorities.  Enjoy your Black Friday shopping; don’t feel guilty.  Just make sure that your heart is where it should be – seeking FIRST His kingdom.  He’ll take care of the rest.

2 thoughts on “Happy National Materialism Day! (aka. Black Friday)

  1. Am I the only one that perceives “stuff” as a burden?
    That can’t be. It just can’t.
    All that “stuff” has to be dusted, cleaned and maintained.

  2. Stuff is a burden.. ever had to move you will know this to be true!! We got house to house (some of us meaning my husband the mini hoarder) packing up boxes that never get opened. With tons of stuff we never use; but can we (he) throw anything away!? What is this connection we have with things….. If we have nothing do we feel we are nothing???

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