Have you ever ordered dessert after agonizing over the dessert menu, only to become convinced that you made the wrong decision when you saw the dessert that the person next to you ordered? It’s easy to become dissatisfied with what you have and want something that somebody else has. It’s easy to think that some new possession will make you happy, but possessions alone will never satisfy you because God made you for so much more.
- What is the meaning of the word “covet”?
- What are some sins that spring from materialism?
- “How absurd to think that wealth brings true happiness. Things satisfy for a while and then they lose their thrill.” Have you found this to be true in your life? What is the source of true happiness?
- How does a focus on eternity change one’s attitude toward money and possessions?
- Pastor Franklin says that the way to conquer wanting what other people have is to become grateful for what you already have. What blessings do you have in your life for which you should be truly grateful?
Satisfaction cannot be bought. Possessions alone can never satisfy because you were made for more than things, for more than money, for more than accumulating wealth. We were made to be in a relationship with Jesus, and without that relationship we can never experience true satisfaction and contentment. God has a destiny for you and as you move your focus away from possessions and toward God’s plan for your life, you find a deep, lasting contentment.
Luke 12:15 (TLB): “Beware! Don’t always be wishing for what you don’t have. For real life and real living are not related to how rich we are.”