How many times have you heard someone say something like this, “In this day and time, you have to have…

A cell phone…

Internet access…

A vehicle…

A nice suit…


Indoor plumbing…


God has blessed many of us to live in an abundant society. If we aren’t careful, we can begin to look at many of our luxuries as necessities.

The age of children with smart devices is getting younger and younger because many parents say, “We have to be able to get in touch with them”.

All across America people wake up in the morning and take for granted the blessing of being able to do the first thing we have to do when we all get up…use the bathroom.

Years ago, no one had indoor plumbing. Even the wealthy had an ‘out house’. Then, with the innovation of indoor plumbing it was a blessing for the everyday person to have a bathroom in the house. Today, many people won’t consider buying a home unless it has an

en suite, master bathroom, or whatever they are calling it these days.

But, there many others waking up across America and the world waking up on the street, under freeway overpasses, in parks and alleys who not only didn’t have the bed, but they then have the challenge of trying to find someplace to use the bathroom.

To them, what most of us call a necessity is a luxury!

How many luxuries to you consider necessities?

Many times people will be ‘super spiritual’ and claim, “ I want to be JUST like Jesus!” Well, be careful what you ask for. Remember what He told a certain scribe…

Matthew 8:19-20  (NKJV)

19 Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”

20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

Jesus isn’t saying that poverty is a requirement for following Him, but is reminding us of at least two things…

  1. Count the cost of discipleship
  2. Be thankful for what you have.

Don’t let the abundance of our society and time in which we live prevent you from being thankful and content.

1 Timothy 6:8 (NKJV)

And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

There’s nothing wrong with having possessions and long as we don’t allow them to possess us and get our wants confused with our needs.


God bless you! I'm a husband, father and ordained Minister since 1996. I serve as an Associate Minister at Oak Spring Church Arlington TN, a suburb of Memphis. I'm a professional Copywriter for a Fortune 500 company, published Gospel songwriter and owner of an independent label, Al-Go-Rhythm Music. My main spiritual gift is Exhortation...I'm a natural encourager. I love the word of God and sharing it from a "Wow, I never thought of it like that before" perspective. There's so much fresh revelation in God's word that is just as relevant today as it was as it unfolded. I hope my daily devotionals enhance your walk with God, taking you beyond BLESSED to BLESSTIFIED.


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