Each and every week, we present the inspirational words of one of our partners in the form of a devotional.  This week’s devotional is by Jeremy Smith and is titled, “Do I Really Need That?”

The Word:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

The Story:
I spent much of my early life getting caught up in the world of the consumer. My money was spent on trivial material possessions. When I evaluated my life, I realized that I was chasing all the wrong things. Eventually, I was working only to pay debts, and life became unpleasant.  By focusing on my personal relationship with Christ, knowing He didn’t care about what car I drove or the clothes I wore, God gave me the strength to put my financial house in order.  Since making the Lord my first priority, I have found that His goodness is more precious than any of those things that I thought I needed.

The Reflection:
Are most of your purchases based on needs or wants?
What have been the consequences of unneeded expenses?  Ask God to help you change any harmful spending habits.

The Application:
This week, refuse any impulse buys and unnecessary purchases. Every day, remind yourself that material possessions do not provide lasting contentment. Instead, find joy in praising and serving the Lord.

The Prayer:
Lord, we do not need frivolous things. In your time, You will provide us with everything we need.  Help us to find joy in You alone.