Recently my husband and I have taken stock, so to speak, of what really matters in life. We had a vehicle that we could not afford payments on. We tried buying things and doing things just because it was what seemed right. We didn't want to be left out. For so long we tried keeping up with the Jones' as the saying goes.
We started to question, what did those things matter? They were material things. They might look good and even make us feel good, for awhile anyway, but were they really important? The answer was no.
We could have a brand new car, brand new house, name brand clothing, and all the latest in electronic gadgets, but it had no lasting effect. You can buy a new computer today and by this time next year it will be outdated and new ones will be better. You can get a new top of the line cell phone, but next month a better one will come out. You can buy a brand new car every couple of years and be in debt just to ride in style. These things truly do not matter.
"What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?" Matthew 16:26
Material goods are just that, material. I do not want to gain the world and lose my soul. My soul, my relationship with Christ, is of far more value that anything else in this world.
Material things might make us look good and feel good for a while but that is all. Christ makes us feel good for eternity. I would much rather go to Heaven wearing rags and driving a beat up car, than miss out on Heaven but live the life of luxury. Yes, we must take care of the things God blesses us with but we should not seek to continue to gain anything of material. One Sunday recently I was wishing I had a nice black coat for church since I was wearing black that day. But the truth is I already have a red coat and a pink coat. I do not need a black one. It is not going to improve my relationship with Christ. It is not going to win others to Christ.
I want to desire to become closer to God not to gain the world.