Topic: Matthew 6:19 - 20
Have you ever noticed how some people, both adults and teenagers, tend to define themselves by how they compare to their peers? Personal assessment is often based on questions like, Do I own the types of clothing, electronic gadgets, cars, and houses that others have? Am I as popular or successful as my friends? Sadly, many people fail to give up these childish ways, which can sabotage their relationships.
One example is when we confuse security with what we own. This kind of attitude leads us to work longer hours or pressure our spouse to do so. Since material things can't bring lasting security, our search for fancier, newer, or additional possessions doesn't end. Tensions build in our relationships because we're never satisfied. But deriving security from our position as God's adopted children (Ephesians 1:5) can set us free from materialism. Then we'll be able to serve God, regardless of our financial circumstances.
Another example is when we believe we are failures. When we think this way, we crave affirmation but often reject it as unbelievable. Success in business or personal life does not really change our opinion of ourselves. Nor does affirmation from loved ones. Eventually, friendships and marriages suffer under the weight of our negativity. God says He chose us and made us co - heirs with His Son Jesus. (Romans 8:16 -17) Our value comes from belonging to Him.
The Lord wants us to acknowledge our childish thought patterns, surrender them to Him, and intentionally embrace what He has said about us. Begin to take these steps now to move yourself toward greater spiritual maturity.