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.



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  1. How things change huh? When I was in college I had neither a car or a house phone. I had to use payphones to call people, and if they needed me they just had to find me. I road a bicycle to both class and word for several years. It never occurred to me that something was wrong. My apartment mate finally had a TV, because his parents gave us an old one, but all we had was over the air broadcast channels on rabbit ears. Again, this just didn’t seem like a big deal to us at the time.

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  2. We do forget what is a blessing. I can recall my elementary school days, the struggles my grandmother had just to provide a meal. Yeah my refrigerator and pantry have plenty choices now. Maybe we forgot to think 🤔 about the past. We are greedy for more and never get content because society measures success by materialistic things. If we focus more on God then we would become more satisfied with life than what the world thinks. Dang I believe I have found the biggest addition in America. Greed is so easy for us to seek. Be in the world 🌎 but not of the world. I would like to say “Thank you Lord for all you do and help me be more content than more materialistic. Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world. Amen

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  3. Amen! Chuckling here, but one of my favorite things to do first thing in the morning is to turn on the hot running water. Imagine that, you just turn a nob and hot water comes out! It’s a simple thing, but no kings and queens of old ever had that luxury. We are really “rich” in the modern world, we’re royalty even, and yet half the time we don’t even realize it.

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  4. The greatest need we have is a Savior from sin and consumerism in America has violently distracted people from that supreme reality. We’ve been taught that if we buy the next big thing we’ll be saved from our problems – NOPE. Great reminder here that things won’t save us.

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