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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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05/30/2011

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You Can't Take It With You


"So fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Cor.4:18).

In this last of three devotionals about materialism, I want to review and focus. To counter materialism one must be appreciative of what they have, knowing that it is a gift from God. Secondly, we will appreciate what we have to a much greater extent if we are willing to share. Lastly, we should not judge what we have by comparing it to what others have because covetousness may set in. Just a few things about how we ought to regard the stuff of life. Contrary to the that ridiculous bumper sticker that I have seen saying, "he who dies with the most toys wins".....Today's verse begs to differ. The old saying that "you can't take it with you" is much more appropriate. "For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." It is necessary for people to refocus their priorities about wealth. I think there are four things that will help us to do that refocusing...Be generous with what we have, for "God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Cor.9:7). Use our money to do good. We all know how much money is going toward the doing of evil and we have an opportunity to turn that tide just a bit. We must know the things that we can trust in and the words on our currency, In God We Trust, says volumes. There are things out there to be trusted, and money is not one of them. Finally, lets not be arrogant about what we have..A man's life truly consists of more than the abundance of his possessions. If we are remembered by what we have instead of what we are, some mistakes have been made..I came across a saying that is going on the sign in front of our building this week. It says: "For the real riches, try switching kingdoms" Matthew 6:33....

Have a great Memorial Day...A memorial is about remembrance...... Love mark Phil.4:11

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