Matthew 6:24

Let’s be honest. For most of us, materialism god’s main rival. But it’s possible get increasingly free of it.  Author John Ortberg writes: “sometimes when I’m speaking, I’ll try a little exercise dethroning the idol. i ask people to take out their wallet… it look like a piece of leather. But it’s really the temple of the 21st century most people in our day believe that their ability to experience happiness is directly associated with the contents of this little container. This is where the god mammon ( wealth regarded as an evil or object of worship) lives. We give this little piece of leather the power to make us feel secure, successful, and valuable. It’s very hard for us to surrender or control of this little piece of leather. The real issue: who’s in charge? Are you holding it, or is it holding you? So as a baby step of surrender, I ask people to hand it to the person next to them. At this point the attention level in this room goes way up. Then I announce that we’re going to take an offering. I encourage people to give with the extravagant generosity they have always wanted to exhibit. Wallets fly back to their original owner fast as this point. Then I invite them to declare today, ‘enough days.  What I have now- my home, my job, my possessions, my family, my lifestyle-is enough. I will seek another and better kind of wealth than terminal acquisition.” then he tells audience, “Circle today on your calendar. From this day on, your race with the Joneses (‘the neighbours‘) is over. The Joneses win, but so do you?

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