Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Dangers of Comfort

Deut. 6:11b-12   …When you have eaten your fill in the land, be careful not to forget the LORD who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.

Pride in wealth can drive you away from God. When we rest in what we have rather than Who we have, we do so at the peril of our souls. We all desire the comforts of life, but the comforts of life often make us lazy towards God. We get the idea that we don’t really need God if we are blessed with enough of life’s resources to live a “good life.”

It is far better to have nothing of what this world offers and have a good relationship with God. Nothing you obtain in this life can save your soul. Don’t forget, you have to live with you for all of eternity. You have to live with the consequences of the choices you make for yourself in this life. You can choose to enjoy the things of earth now, or enjoy the things of God eternally.

It is possible to be rich on earth and still be rich in Christ, but it is hard to do. The lure of wealth and all it can do for you easily robs you of the need you have to trust and rest in God alone. We like comfort and ease too much and must always work hard at diligently seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

If the Lord has blessed you with much, use what He has given you for His glory. Be a wise steward and invest your wealth in those things that really matter. Let the Lord use you for His good and not your own. If you have very little of earthly wealth, be a wise steward of what you do have and let the Lord use you for His good and not your own. Be content and thankful for what the Lord provides.

Invest yourself in the pursuit of holiness and godly love and whether you are rich or poor, you will be truly blessed and used by God.  Your life will be a living testimony of God’s love, goodness and faithful for the entire world to see.

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