Affluenza (Luke 12:15)


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As people in affluent societies stock up on Blackberrys and flat-panel TVs, it’s hard to deny the increasing wealth in many parts of the world. You might call it “affluenza.” There is anxiety, however, amid so much prosperity. It is the economic “puzzle of our time,” said Robert J. Samuelson in The Washington Post. I wonder if this is true because we are attempting to find security in “more stuff” – stuff that is temporary and fleeting.

The Bible calls the pursuit for more stuff “greed.” Jesus warned His followers about greed by telling a story about a rich man. The problem with this rich man was not that he had an abundance of bumper crops, or that he decided to build more storage space (Luke 12:16-18). The problem was that he invested his entire life in this possessions (v. 15). He drew his security from his material goods and failed to be “rich toward God” (v. 21). Rejecting the knowledge and precepts of God as the basis for life made him a fool. He was living for the moment while presuming on the future (vv. 19-20).

The “good life” cannot be found in things. Instead of seeking our security by acquiring “more stuff,” may we find true satisfaction by investing our resources and our lives in and for His kingdom. – Marvin Williams

 He possessed all the world had to give him,

He had reached every coveted goal;

But, alas, his life was a failure,

For he had forgotten his soul. – Denison

 Poverty of purpose is worse than poverty of purse.

  • July 12, Vol. 14, Our Daily Bread

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