Friday, January 22, 2016

Do You Need More Clothes?

What is it in us to waste so much money on clothing? Ken and I were watching a movie from the 1920s and the mother said to her daughter, "Why do you want to waste money on clothes?" We, in America, think nothing of wasting money on clothing. In fact, many women have clothing in their closets right now with the price tag on them that have never been worn.

What is it in us to keep buying more and more clothes that we will rarely wear? Is it to fill an emptiness in our soul, to impress others, or to simply be greedy by having more and more stuff? All of these reasons are wrong and should be pondered in all of us since I would venture to say all of us have way more clothing than we need.

Christians are to be people of contentment since the Creator of the universe loves us and has saved us. We are told that godliness with contentment is great gain, yet few of us believe this. We listen to the lies of society that tell us that "just this one more thing and we will be content." Then we get it and nothing has changed. We will never find contentment until we are content with what we have and find contentment in Jesus alone.

Since we all have plenty of food and clothes, we should be the most contented people that ever existed. Are you content with what you have? Does not having something that you want cause you to be discontent? Do you have debt from wanting things you can't afford? These things should not be definitions of a believer's life. We must learn to find our contentment in knowing and loving Jesus.

How do we do this? We keep our eyes on things above, not on things of this earth. Our life is hid with Christ in God.  Seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory {Colossians 3:1-4}. I had all of my children memorize these verses and I would have to say that my children are fairly content adults. I don't hear them telling me about all the things they want often. Are they perfect in this? No, but probably few of us are. It is something we must work on and continue to seek our contentment in the Lord and not the stuff of the earth.

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?...And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin...Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Matthew 6:26, 28, 30