A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
A recent study by the Feral Reserve Bank of Philadelphia found that the neighbors of lottery winners turn out to be the biggest losers. People living next store to lottery winners are more likely to file for bankruptcy than the average person. The reason appears to be that they over extend themselves in an effort to keep up with their wealthy neighbors. But you don’t have to be neighbors or close friends with a lottery winner to feel the urge to “keep up with the Joneses.” Early in Christ’s ministry, He instructed the disciples in kingdom living by addressing the issue of attachment and materialism. In Matthew 6:20-21 Jesus tells the Twelve to “…store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The implication is that we are not to fix our attention on what is temporal, but to be spiritually all in, when it comes to following Jesus Christ. The choices we make each day reflect who and what we value most in life.
This week, you and I have already made many countless decisions. Although they vary in their consequences, each choice reveals what we value and, more importantly, what we think about Jesus Christ. The biggest losers are those who fail to see that the biggest winners are those who have nothing and yet possess everything in Christ Jesus.