Saturdays with the Spirit: Christian Consumerism

I was talking with a friend yesterday who will be married this summer.  I asked him what he was most looking forward to about marriage, and he said being pushed outside his comfort zone.  He acknowledged it would be challenging, but that he finds joy in being in situations where he needs to think of others before himself.

After that he made a comment about how he’s also trying to look at marriage not from a perspective of what he will gain, but of what God wants him to do with it.  He feels awed and humbled that God has guided him to this point of marriage.  What is he going to do with this blessing?

I was struck by his perspective.  How often do we accept God’s blessings with greedy hands and keep them for ourselves?  How different would life be if we looked at His gifts not just as for us but as playing a larger role in His kingdom here on Earth?  I heard this talked about with money often, but let’s take it beyond that.

God blesses you with a job.  How can you use that position to bless others and glorify God?

God blesses you with a home.  How can you use that resource to bless others and glorify God?

God blesses you with a spouse.  How can you use that relationship to bless others and glorify God?

I reflect upon the story of Hannah, who desperately wanted and prayed for a son, and God granted her request.  Then she turned around and dedicated Samuel to the church.

I feel challenged to look around at my life and the blessings I have not as things to be consumed, but things to turn outward toward others.  What about you?  Do you have any ideas how you can use God’s blessings to you to bless others?

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