Gifts or God?



Key Bible Verse: “You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)

Dig Deeper: Matthew 6:19-24

Jesus taught, “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” This incredible statement strikes right at our inclination to make a good thing, such as family, into an ultimate thing. Jesus knows how easily we can twist one of God’s good gifts into an ultimate desire. It can take a place he alone is worthy to hold in our lives.

And yet so much of contemporary religion is focused on God’s gifts rather than on God. We use God as a means of building or repairing our families; we use him as a sex therapist; he is our political adviser and our financial planner.  From God’s hand we seek family, sex, power, and wealth-but do we actually want God himself? We shouldn’t be surprised to find that when we fixate on what we can attain from God, we fail to experience the peace of his presence in our lives.

When we look at God, we may see a reflection of our consumer selves-a divine vending machine to dispense our desires. But when God looks at us, he sees his child, created in his image, who is wholly and dearly loved.

– Skye Jethani in With

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