Advertisers want you think that you can’t be happy until you have the latest “thing” out there, whether it be clothing, cars, boats, houses, televisions, computers, phones or video games(and I’m sure I’ve left a bunch of stuff out). But the “things” in life really don’t bring lasting joy and contentment. In fact, what they really do is own you. You spend all you time updating them, cleaning them, worrying about them, protecting them and keeping them in working order. Pretty soon, they own your life and they don’t bring the joy they once did and they start to become a burden, they drain your finances and they separate you from the really important things like your family and your relationship with God. I heard a guy once say, “There are two really good days in a boat owner’s life, the day they buy it and the day they sell it.” That pretty much sums it up for all the “things” in our lives. I know that there are exceptions, but for most people, it is really easy to fall into that trap.
People can be the same way. There are people out there that want to take away everything you have. They don’t have to be “criminals”, but they steal your time by making you work more hours, they steal your money by making you pay unnecessary taxes, they steal your freedom by making you think that you need the government to take care of you instead of God, and they steal your soul by convincing you that you don’t need God, or at the very least, you don’t need to believe the Bible and that it isn’t relevant for today’s society.
There are so many things out there and so many people that want to steal your life, that want to take what you have, and they want to steal your joy and your contentment. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to be owned. I don’t like being a slave, whether it’s to debt, or things, or to a government.
Jesus said that there is a better way. Look at what He said in John chapter 10:
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
There really is a more abundant way of living than what the world has to offer. It comes through a life that has a relationship with Jesus Christ. Nothing else really matters. He provides for our needs and protects us from all the “firey darts of Satan”.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation(lifestyle) be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.