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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Life Is About Relationship, Not Acquisition

In review of Psalm 17:15 it says, “But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face.”

Bottom Line:
A contented life is not about wealth, but rather about spending eternity with God.

What this means to me:
My contentment in life will not be about gaining wealth, but rather spending my eternity with you God and seeing you face to face.

My life should not be about things. I need to get and maintain the right perspective about possessions, otherwise I’ll be possessed by my possessions. I need to keep in mind that none of the material things in the life are going to last.

Jesus warns in Luke 12:15, “Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because your true life is not made up of the things you own, no matter how rich you may be” (GNT).

I should never judge my own self worth by my net worth. I should never think my value is related to my valuables. I need to keep in mind that the greatest things in life aren't things. I didn't bring anything into the world, and I’m certainly not going to take anything out of it. This life should not about acquisition or achievement. This life is about relationships and learning how to love God and others.

One way I can remember this is to build my life on eternal priorities. Focus on what will last forever. Every possession is temporary, so don’t build a life on acquiring possessions. Only two things are going to last forever: the Word of God and people.

So each day, I have a choice to make. The world is telling me that I've got to get more to be happier, more successful, more important, more valuable, and more secure. I’ve got to decide if I’m going to listen to the Media or the Master. Am I going to listen to culture or Christ? Am I going to listen to the world or the Word?

One will make me dissatisfied the rest of my life; one will make me truly happy. So that I can continue to move toward financial freedom, I’ll need to ask myself, “What is the primary purpose of my life? To just get more? What do I think about, talk about, and give my most to? What am I living my life for?

The myth of the world and culture is that you can have it all. The truth is that I can’t have it all. And, more importantly, I don’t need it all to be happy. I’ll be as happy as I choose to be.

The secret of contentment is finding my security and satisfaction not in what I have, but in who I am by being united with Him. I find it in Christ.

Psalm 17:15 reminds me, “But as for me, my contentment is not in wealth but in seeing you and knowing all is well between us. And when I awake in heaven, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see you face-to-face” (TLB).

Today I will consider how I’m building my life. To what purpose, and what will be my focus.  I will seek to build my life around eternal priorities.

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