Don’t Worship Your Stuff

Mar 1, 2021 952

Don't worship your stuff

Let’s face it, we have too much stuff! Even more than that, our stuff is taking over our lives. We think that our stuff improves the quality of our lives, when instead, it’s taking it away. In fact, it’s even destroying our lives! Wouldn’t your life be simpler if you had less stuff? Wouldn’t your life be better?

We live in a society in which, in our great wisdom, we have rejected the spiritual and embraced the material. We once worshipped a spiritual God. Although we now call ourselves “atheists,” all many have really done is replace one God with another: a god who we can see and touch and count, a material God – our stuff.

After all, our god is whomever we make the centre of our lives, whatever we live for, and what we are even prepared to die for. And in our culture of modern idolatry, we have made our stuff our god. This is precisely what the apostle Paul described thousands of years ago. It’s still true today:

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie,  and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised ( Rom 1:25, NIV).

That’s the basic definition of idolatry: to worship the provision, and not the Provider. Of all the things that God warns us about in the Bible, from beginning to end, idolatry, or false worship is at the core.

In fact, God even portrays the world just before the second coming of Jesus as being divided along issues of worship: the true worshippers of God and the idolaters, who worship their stuff. It says of this second group that they,

…repented not of the works of their hands… and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood (Revelation 9:20, NIV).

Your stuff is going to burn up and disappear.

Why is centring your life around your stuff so easy to do? The reason is that the dominant worldviews of our society tell us that the material is all that exists, and it rejects the spiritual. Even if we are people of faith, and we overtly reject this worldview, the temptation is strong to think that what we can perceive through our physical senses: what we can see, touch, hear, taste; is somehow more real than the spiritual realities.

The reason why this is so dangerous, is that the Bible says, literally, that all that is physical and material in this world is going to burn:

…the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly (2 Peter 3:7, NIV).

Your stuff is going to burn up and disappear ­– yes, all of it. And if you derive from your identity from your stuff, what will be your destiny?

To truly worship God is to completely derive your identity from him, and to trust in him for everything. Your stuff may disappear, but God’s not going anywhere. You too will remain forever, if you are with him. That’s why in a final message of warning to the world, God tells us to,

Worship God and give glory to him (Rev 14:7, NKJV).

It’s important to examine your own life and ask yourself: Is there any aspect of it in which you are worshipping your stuff? Is there any aspect of your life in which you have adopted the materialistic culture of the world?

– Eliezer Gonzalez

Frank sisi

Apr 6, 2021

Thanks God fór everything you have dont fór me,i Will never worship all my stuff,I Will worship God fór eternity Amen


Eliezer Gonzalez

Mar 9, 2021

What a story of faith! God bless you Glen!


Inno Nkocy

Mar 8, 2021

Amen God bless you


Akindele Olatunji

Mar 8, 2021

From this message, I have learned not to put anything materialistic above the love of worshipping my creator.


Tugume Ishmael

Mar 7, 2021

Thanks very much I can't worship my stuff because what I know is that "God is above all"


Glen Mallory

Mar 7, 2021

We already experienced this once. We completely decluttered the house in a couple of hours in the Camp Fire that burned 90% of the town of Paradise, California November 8, 2018. We lost everything that would not fit in one car. It was a time that threw us upon our trust in the Lord. We lost house, office, school, hospital, and church in just a few hours. We were grateful to have our family and our faith. We had ample opportunity after the fire to share the testimony of our faith that God was providing and would continue to provide for us. He has never failed us. I do not know how anyone without faith could handle the experience. Many people remained frozen for months living in their cars. We are looking forward to the day we leave the things of this world behind forever.


Luchie E.

Mar 7, 2021

I don't worship the job that I want. I need it to support my and my family's daily survival. I believe that God is Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides. That's why I keep on asking Him for a good-paying job.


Theresa Josiah

Mar 7, 2021

Thanks so very much Eliezer, for todays reflection about burning out what are keeping up distracted from our focus. More so our relationship with God.


Peter Robbins

Mar 7, 2021

This is so true. Thank you for this powerful message. This definitely challenges everyone to examine their motives and priorities daily.


Clint K

Mar 7, 2021

God provides us with our day to day needs! All we have to do is trust!


Genet Abebe

Mar 7, 2021

May God help us


Joseph Nakasamu

Mar 7, 2021

It true. We all need to know that.. God is the Creater who created Man who created phones. Thanks.. God bless


JASON ANDREW TOPPIN

Mar 7, 2021

GID WANTS THOSE WHO WORSHIP UN SPEIT AND IN TRUTH


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