We live in a material world! The world is obsessed with material things – money, electrical goods, cars, property, houses, designer clothes and goods, and more. A pair of jeans can cost anything from £5 to £500 – and people actually buy jeans for £500!
When we meet people, we judge them on how they dress, what kind of car they drive, what sort of house they live in, and so on. Whether we like it or not, most of the time, we “judge a book by its cover” and decide whether to speak to someone, or befriend them, on what we see.
Take a look around you – what do you see? What gets pride of place in your house? The most important things in your house are in the most prominent places – where you look – on the wall, on the mantelpiece, in you line of vision as you sit down to spend your time.
If you sit where you normally sit, I bet you will see the TV, maybe pictures of your family or friends on the wall; the books you read the most will be in the places where you will find them the easiest; the clothes you wear will be in the most convenient places.
So, if someone were to visit your house, how obvious would it be to them that you were a Christian? Where’s your Bible? Is it out on the kitchen table, or close to hand where you sit? Are there pictures or photos that reflect your beliefs or your faith?
Take a look at your bank statement – what do you see? Where does most of your money go? You spend your money on the things that are the most important to you. Does your spending reflect your Christian faith? Do you buy jeans for more than £5? If you do, what do you spend on the homeless man on your street corner, or your Christian brother or sister in Africa who has only one pair of ripped jeans to their name, and no shoes at all?
Jesus tells us to be like little children. They have no interest in material values. Look at their faces in the picture, and the delight they are taking in a man painted green and dressed as a tree (or a green bush or hedge – whatever he might be). They have no interest in any other person walking past in £500 jeans, using designer aftershave or perfume, or driving top of the range cars. Little children know what is of eternal importance – it’s such a shame that we lose sight of that as we grow older, and turn our attention to material matters.
What matters is not material!
Colossians 3:2 reads:
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Where is your mind set?