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Pastor's Devotional
Stuff 4.18.21
Stuff 4.18.21

Bruce Goettsche • April 18, 2021

Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” (Luke 12:15).


We live in a society that does measure people by how much they own. You feel it, and so do I. The car you drive, the home in which you live, the clothes you wear, the toys you possess, the debt that hangs over you. It's all about "stuff." People with stuff are revered. It's all wrong.


As Jesus continued in this passage He reminds us that all the stuff will be left behind. The only thing you have when you leave this life is your relationship (or lack thereof) with God. A deeper relationship with Him is true riches. Glorifying God is the greatest blessing of life.


Think about the saints of old. They had little. Many lived in poverty but were rich in spirit. The more stuff you have, the more preoccupied you are. We must change our focus! We must pursue what is eternal rather than the toys and trinkets of the world. Put aside envy and replace it with gratitude and worship. Set aside bragging and replace it with prayer. Turn off the TV and pursue the leading of God's Spirit. And . . .start the week with worship.

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Choosing Our Focus 4.17.21
Choosing Our Focus 4.17.21

Bruce Goettsche • April 17, 2021

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

(Matthew 6:31–33).


This is a tough command. We spend a lot of time looking in mirrors, shopping on Amazon, craving certain foods or beverages. Compare the time we spend on these things with the time we spend with the Lord craving for His guidance in our lives.


If only we gave as much attention to Him as we do to our weight, our food prep, or even what we will watch on TV. What if we invested in the work of the Lord the same kind of money we spend on frivolous things? What if we spent the same kind of time in prayer and fellowship with the Father as we do complaining about our lives? What if we were as eager to share our faith as we are our political leanings?


We get the point. Jesus is calling us to change our focus and look heavenward. Remind yourself of this throughout the day. Work at keeping Him before you. Ponder with wonder the grace that He has extended. It will change your attitude and your entire day.

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