Want Versus Need

It’s that time of year again. Making it through Black Friday unscathed seems to be the first hurdle. In fact, if we make it through Black Friday, all indications point to the possibility that we might get to the end of the holiday safe and sound. However, looking at the faces of staff and shoppers you realize that damage has already been done.
 
People are already looking like they’ve been to war. Indeed all signs point to an ongoing battle. Just drive into any store parking lot to discover how much turmoil people are experiencing. For instance have you ever been in a face off for a particular parking spot? It is not pretty. So, what makes this time of year so tumultuous?
 
Focusing on our own self interests is a human tendency. We have to work hard to see outside ourselves. So, what we get is not always what we want and what we want is not always what we need.
 
Jesus teaches there is more to life than the accumulation of wealth. In fact, He provides us with the ideal investment plan for our time, talents and treasures.
 
““Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give alms. Provide yourselves purses that do not grow old, an unfailing treasure in the heavens, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” ‬‬Luke‬ ‭12:32-34‬ ‭MEV‬‬
 
Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness. Saint Augustine
 
When Jesus warns us not to store up treasures on earth, it’s not just because wealth might be lost; it’s because wealth will always be lost. Either it leaves us while we live, or we leave it when we die. No exceptions….Realizing its value is temporary should radically affect our investment strategy…. According to Jesus, storing up earthly treasures isn’t simply wrong. It’s just plain stupid. Randy Alcorn
 
As base a thing as money often is, yet it can be transmuted into everlasting treasure. It can be converted into food for the hungry and clothing for the poor. It can keep a missionary actively winning lost men to the light of the gospel and thus transmute itself into heavenly values. Any temporal possession can be turned into everlasting wealth. Whatever is given to Christ is immediately touched with immortality. Aiden Wilson Tozer
 

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