"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” - Matthew 6:24
God gave me a Mustang once. I’m not kidding.
That was a beautiful car. She was almost exactly what I had always wanted - dark blue, black leather interior, manual transmission, incredible sound system… I could go on and on about how awesome this car was. And I say it was God who gave me the Mustang, too - It was no coincidence. The discovery, the timing, the incredible deal I got... I’m convinced it was by His hand, and I'm not being sarcastic! He just reached down out of Heaven and fulfilled my desires - my dream car, virtually handed to me, by my Father in Heaven!
Then I traded her a bit more than a year later.
You see, among other things, I was the only one in my family of four drivers that could work a stick shift - and we needed a car that we could all share. And if you think it was easy to give her up, well… I still vividly, sadly, remember the day I handed over the keys.
But you know what? God’s blessing wasn’t in the car, and I didn’t find that out until a month or so later. I was driving down the road and saw another Mustang passing by. But instead of jealously or bitterness, my heart welled up with thanksgiving. I poured out to God right then and there, thanking Him for the time He allowed me to have that car. Sounds silly, right? But that led me further down the path to realize just how much He has blessed me with - my family, my church, my “stuff” ...it was all a blessing from God. Far from the spoiled believer I could be, God had tested my heart and created in me a better perspective on which treasures are truly valuable.
The thought of a material thing grabbing hold of my heart is terrifying! Jesus gave us clear warning that love of this world and all it’s stuff is a huge wall that can keep us from the relationship with God that brings true satisfaction and contentment. My goal is to have nothing more important in this life than that relationship.
Now, I won’t deny that the desire to get another Mustang still resides inside me. But I’m content in the very center of my soul that, if it never happens, my God still loves me, and continues to bless me in much, much more meaningful ways!
Thank you, God...
- For my life, in all it’s bumps and bruises
- For my family, and the love we share
- For my church, and my place to serve
- For my stuff, and the reminder it is of You as my loving Father, providing all my needs - and so much more