Good morning and happy Sunday! Today’s post is another installment in my “Scripture Sunday” series. I love sharing what I’m learning in Scripture with y’all, so these posts are always my favorite! This is obviously going to be a religious post, so if you feel as though that’s not for you please feel free to scroll through other recent posts of mine (see an outfit post here and my friend Emma’s “10 Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List” post here). Enjoy!
Hebrews 13:5; Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
We live in a material world. Whether we want to admit it or not, a lot of the way we view others is based on what they wear or have. We’re quick to judge a person from the outside before getting to know them, and because we know that we behave this way we think we all need a set of things to be wanted, known, or valued. In my current college search one of the things I’m most afraid of is picking the wrong school for me socially. Obviously academics are most important, but I don’t want to “have less” than other girls wherever I end up and be left on the outside as a result (that might sound silly but I think you know what I mean). The funny thing is, even if I got every item on that list of “things I need to have to be known and liked by girls in college,” I’d never be content. Our society is fast paced, and the list keeps growing and the items get kicked out of the list every time you finally get one.
It’s funny to imagine what material items Jesus addressed in His time, because He obviously wasn’t addressing the women’s Louis Vuitton bags or Gucci belts. Regardless of whether He was talking about money, livestock, or the newest clothing, His message is clear. In chapter thirteen of Hebrews, verse five starts “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have,” which I personally love, but know this is a lot easier said than done. Honesty, who doesn’t love having extra money? It’s important to realize that the excitement of having enough money to splurge on the thing at the top of your wishlist isn’t the same as joy. Joy isn’t found in items, it’s found in love, the greatest love in fact. The rest of verse five says “for He has said ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'” Money will not last forever, nor will it care for us. Jesus will. God has promised us that He’ll never leave our side and that He’ll never betray us.
This week, remember that what you have on Earth is so insignificant. Know that possessions will never truly satisfy you and that they were never meant to. It’s far easier to be content with what you have when you realize you don’t even truly need what you already own, that’s when you’ll realize how blessed you are. Remember that a relationship with God is without a doubt the most valuable thing you could ever have in your life.
Thanks for reading! Have a blessed week!