Consumerism

Consumerism

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1 Timothy 6:6

If I like it, it’s mine.
If I can take it away from you, it’s mine.
If I had it a while ago, it’s mine.
If I say it is mine, it’s mine.
If it looks like mine, it’s mine.
If I say I saw it first, it’s mine.
If you are having fun with it, it’s mine.
If you lay down your toy, it’s mine.
If it is broken, it’s yours.

It was Spring, but it was Summer I wanted:
The warm days and the great outdoors.
It was Summer, but it was Fall I wanted:
The colorful leaves and the cool, dry air.
It was Fall, but it was Winter I wanted:
The beautiful snow and the joy of the holiday season.
It was Winter, but it was Spring I wanted:
The warmth and the blossoming of nature.
I was a child, and it was adulthood I wanted:
The freedom and the respect.
I was 20, but it was 30 I wanted:
To be mature and sophisticated.
I was middle-aged, but it was 20 I wanted:
The youth and the free spirit.
I was retired, but it was middle-aged I wanted:
The presence of mind without limitations.
My life was over,
and I never got what I wanted.

Charles Swindoll

1 – You Can’t Take It With You.

  • 1 Timothy 6:7

2 – You Already Have Enough.

  • 1 Timothy 6:8
  • Matthew 6:25

“Possessions are only the traveling luggage of time; they are not the stuff of eternity. It would be sensible therefore to travel light.”

John Stott

“It is foolishness and a public madness to fill the cupboards with clothing and
allow men who are created in God’s image and our likeness to stand naked. We who are disciples of Christ claim that our purpose on earth is to lay up treasures in heaven. But our actions often belie our words. Many Christians build for themselves fine houses, lay out splendid gardens, construct bathhouses, and buy fields. It is small wonder, then , that many pagans refuse to believe what we say . ‘If their eyes are set on mansions in heaven,’ they ask, ‘why are they building mansions on earth? If they put their words into practice, they would give their riches and live in simple huts.’ So these pagans conclude that we do not sincerely believe in the religion we profess; and as a result they refuse to take this religion seriously. You may say that the words of Christ on these matters are too hard for you to follow; and that while your spirit is willing, your flesh is weak. My answer is that the judgment of pagans about you is more accurate than your judgment of yourself. When the pagans accuse us of hypocrisy, many of us should plead guilty.”

John Chrysostom

3 – You Can Destroy Your Life.

  • 1 Timothy 6:9-10

Where’s my hope?

  • 1 Timothy 6:17
  • Proverbs 23:4-5

Do I just consumer or do I contribute?

  • 1 Timothy 6:18

“In God’s city (heaven), the inhabitants love people and walk on gold, while in
man’s city, the inhabitants love gold and walk on people.”

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Who’s kingdom am I living for?

  • 1 Timothy 6:19
  • Colossians 3:4

“Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship…is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It’s been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.”

David Foster Wallace
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