Monday, October 4th, 2010
"More than all else that is to be guarded, safeguard your heart" (Proverbs 4:23)
Materialism may not seem to be an issue of loyalty, but it is. Do we trust in Jehovah's promise to provide what we really need? (Matthew 6:33; Hebrews 13:5) Rather than striving to obtain at any cost some of the "better" things in life that are presently beyond our reach, can we do without them? (Philippians 4:11-13) Are we tempted to forgo theocratic privileges in order to get what we want now? Does loyal service to Jehovah have first place in our life? Our answers will largely depend on whether we are wholehearted in our service to God or not. "It is a means of great gain," wrote the apostle Paul, "this godly devotion along with self-sufficiency. For we have brought nothing into the world, and neither can we carry anything out. So, having sustenance and covering, we shall be content with these things."—1 Timothy 6:6-8.
(Watchtower issue: 8/15/08, 2:2, 5)
I heard a funny comment about maintaining the right attitude when it comes to what we expect from God in a material way...
(I think it was Br Morris who said this at a recent assembly):
"God provides for our NEEDS, not our GREEDS"
There's also a discussion in one of the latest Watchtower issues on this topic, which gives really good advice and practical pointers to keep in mind when it comes to being materially satisfied & content. Here's an overview of the main points from: ("5 Secrets of Contentment" - 11/1/10 WA)
Is It Possible to Be Content?
SECRET 1. Love People, Not Money and Possessions
SECRET 2. Resist the Urge to Compare Yourself With Others
SECRET 3. Maintain an Appreciative Attitude
SECRET 4. Choose Your Friends Wisely
SECRET 5. Satisfy Your Spiritual Need