Having it all

Yesterday I highlighted something that can rob us of our contentment: always being reminded of what others have (but we don’t). We can sometimes feel bitter when think other people have better stuff, better experiences, better relationships, and better everything.

But when you focus on what you DO have you’re less likely to be downcast by what you DON’T. That’s why we need to remind ourselves about what we have because of our faith in Christ.

In Colossians 1:27 Paul writes that God has chosen to make known “the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

With faith in Christ you have purpose, forgiveness, salvation, eternity, hope, power, love… And that’s not even the whole list!

To keep this top of mind, let me suggest two things.

First, value spiritual things more than material things.

Granted, material things can have importance. I want everyone to have shelter, enough food and some clothes. But our society has fattened itself on all the extras. But as you go about your day, what do you truly value? Is it faith, prayer, serving others, Jesus’ words, holiness, virtue, compassion, and justice? Or do you primarily value all the shiny trinkets and achievements of a temporary society?

Second, thank God in your prayers for making you “a spiritual billionaire.”

Seriously, use those exact words. No one’s forcing you, but I think it’s a good idea. After all, our words impact our thoughts and actions.

Don’t let a crazy, mixed-up world sell you a contentment-stealing lie about what’s important and what’s not. In Christ, you already have it all!

First, work at valuing spiritual things more than material things.
Second, thank God in your prayers for making you “a spiritual billionaire.”

By Matthew Ruttan

–You can now WATCH THE SERMON HERE that this devotional is based on here. It’s called “Spiritual Billionaires” and is Part 1 in the Contentment series. Enjoy! {The audio-only is found here.}
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.
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