Rom. 12:2 - And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
It isn’t real hard to determine what a person loves. All you have to do is observe what they purchase with their money. Our money can be spent on good things as well as bad.
An alcoholic spends his/her money on booze, a drug addict spends his/her money on drugs and when all their money is gone they will steal from anyone to buy more drugs.
I grew up in a house where only my dad worked. What did he purchase with his money? He purchased a house for his family to live in, he bought a car to drive him to work, he bought groceries to feed his family, he bought clothes for his family to wear and he paid all the utility bills. He even planted a large garden and tended it when he came home from work. This garden provided us with lots of vegetables, thanks to dad for giving of his time to feed us.
You might ask, “Why would he do this?” The question can be answered fairly easily. He loved his family and provided for them. This is what is known as “expressed love”. The items that he purchased or raised in the garden expressed his love.
What are your purchased items expressing love for? Are they expressing love for God, yourself or others?
Barb drinks Coffee-Mate Creamers in her coffee. We received a $1.00 off coupon on our next purchase of this item in the mail last week. The coupon wasn’t from Coffee-Mate it was from Fry’s.
Amazing! No not really, I am sure a computer tells the people at Fry’s what Barbara and I buy on a regular basis. Fry’s sends us coupons for those items so that we will come back and buy more of the same items. I am sure this store and other stores knows all about our shopping habits.
Would they be coupons for places to go with your family?
Would they be coupons for yourself and your own pleasures?
Would they be coupons for your worship of God?
All you have to do is follow the Word of God. Paul said, “…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is,…”
Renew your mind! Do an inventory check of all the items you have been spending your money and decide today that you are going to make the necessary changes in your life.
I came across and acrostic years ago for JOY. It stood for Jesus first, Others second and Yourself last.
Think on These:
A Paradox of Life: When young people spend their health to gain wealth and when old we spend our wealth to get health.
People are funny. They spend money they don’t have to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.