There is one thing that is clear, ‘we can’t take it with us’. The Egyptians tried. We have been digging up the remains of their fleeting attempts for generations. The obsession with materialism has overtaken our lives. It steals our time, our health, and our joy.
When blindness covers our insight we neglect the more vital matters of life. Our children grow up in rebellion. Our lives are in shambles. Divorces rise. Sin increases. All the money we thought we had crumbles under the weight of spiritual decay. It is left behind along with a trail of tears that can’t wash away the years of the deceit of materialism.
The answer is harder to find with each passing year as we blindly move forward putting our hope and expectation of satisfaction in things. Politicians, advertisers, marketers, inventors, manufacturers, preachers, and in fact, the whole social network is worldly wise to the advantage of feeding the lust for materialism in society.
There is no true peace, joy, spiritual maturity, ethical, cultural, or eternal advantage to materialism. Ecclesiastes 5:10 Whoever loves money will never be satisfied with money. Whoever loves wealth will never be satisfied with more income. Even this is pointless. In the end it will all pass away.
1`If you have been the victim of materialism, run to God. The stronghold of God is your only safety.
1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one’s own resources or in the stability of earthly things]–these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].
2. Keep your ears, eyes, and mind open to spiritual awareness. Materialism creeps into our lives slowly and can catch us by surprise. When we look back and see the valuelessness of the past we realize that we have had nothing but things and emotional or physical pain to get them. Our focus needs to change.
1 Timothy 6:9-10 But those who crave to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish (useless, godless) and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction and miserable perishing.10For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many acute [mental] pangs.
3. Focus on the good in your life. What do you have that is a blessing. This might be hard at first, but eventually you will see that wealth and value is not in possessions.
Luke 12:15 And He said to them, Guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more); for a man’s life does not consist in and is not derived from possessing overflowing abundance or that which is over and above his needs.
4. Treasure whatever doesn’t need a possession to bring joy. We all need our basics taken care of. But remember, God promises that he will meet all our needs when we put him first.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]
5. Never become attached to things or substances. If you find yourself attached to things or substances rather than the true joys of life including God, family, friends, loved ones, it’s time to go cold turkey. You no longer have control over your life. You are under the control of an addiction spirit.
Matthew 6:19-21“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.