James 5:1-6 (NIV)
1Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.
Let’s face it, everyone has really wanted something at least once in their life, whether it’s a brand-new phone, popularity, money, or cool clothes, we’ve all fallen victim to materialism and greed. Sometimes it seems like we would do anything just to have that one thing that would “complete us.” We beg our parents for stuff. We try to build up a new identity so we can be more popular. But when we get all this, we immediately want more: the next iPhone, cooler friends, more money. Greed is like a bottomless cup: it is never truly satisfied.
But the Lord can fill us. God’s blessings can fill our cup until we are overflowing with joy. And when this world withers along with all our possessions, what will remain is God’s unending and unconditional love for us.
Choose to replace greed with faith. When you look inside a store and see shiny, new products, just pray to God and thank Him for the many blessings He has already given you.
The author is a high school student from Illinois.
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