Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 30, 2018

Need or Want

Filed under: gifts,God,God's Word,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:34 pm

1 Timothy 6:6-10 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (NIV)

As we enter the season of gift giving, we must be careful of feeding others the encouragement of desiring and seeking after an indulgence of the material and temporal goods over the spiritual and relational which last for eternity.  It is sad to see a child with a list pages long of things they think they really must have.  We encourage it, laughing with the child.  God’s Word says we are to be content with what we have.  There are so very many who don’t even have a change of clothes let alone their next meal.  There is nothing wrong with giving gifts to others who really have no need.  We must keep things in perspective.  Let us be sure we give to those who are really in want along with our giving to those around us who aren’t in want but only in desire.  Let us teach our children the difference between need and want and to be content and give to those in real need.

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