Most people spend almost every waking moment trying to provide for the necessities of life. Those things are necessary, food and shelter everyone must have them. The problem is that many allow those things to become idols to them.
When this happens to people, they decide they want more and more.
Everyone needs to realize that this life is not all there is, for there is eternity to think about. Man is not like the animals for God breathed into man the breath of life and man has a soul (Gen. 2:7). One needs to put aside the idols and concentrate on serving God.
Those who only think about and work for the physical things of life are often disappointed because those things can disappear. Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33). In the preceding verses, Jesus spoke about the flowers that grow wild, and how beautiful they are. Jesus told about the birds.
They belong to no man, some might put out some seed for them, but God provides for them all the time.
Jesus then asked a great question. Is not man more important than the things of nature. The one who trusts in God and lives to live for God knows that even if the earthly things are taken away, God is still there. He is a constant.
God must be a part of everyone’s life. One should be willing to investigate the word of God and to find out what God wants them to do. As they investigate the word, they should be motivated by the things they read.
Jesus the Son of God who willingly to give Himself for mankind. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement” (Rom. 5:6 – 11). As one studied the Bible, they see the cruelty that Jesus suffered. It is almost beyond belief that One could love another that much, but He did. Faith is produced in the individual by coming to know God through His word. That faith continues to grow as the individual grows spiritually (Rom. 10:17).
Such love displayed by God and by Jesus shows the need for man to have love in his life; Love that is willing to give back as shown by Paul as he wrote to those at Rome. He said, “I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also” (Rom. 1:14 – 15). If a person has love to give back, then they will willingly obey God and become His child. Then they will have the love, the desire to carry the saving message to others.
Looking at the Apostle Paul one sees the great love he for his fellow countrymen. “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge” (Rom. 10:1, 2). When a Christian looks around them they see they are surrounded by family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others who have not learned of the love Christ had for them. Following the example given by Paul one must take advantage of the opportunities that come their way to tell others about the gospel.
Everyone needs “things” but for sure everyone needs “spiritual” things.