It is a truth that we live in a material world rampant with consumerism.
It is also true that materialism, wealth and fame cannot bring happiness, and is too often a harbinger of worry. Unfortunately I know too many that have made wealth their goal, their essence, their god.
Coming painfully close to home, a sage of the patristic age wrote: “… the love of money leadeth to idols; because, when led astray through money, men [I] make mention of those who are no gods, and it causeth him [me] who hath it to fall into madness. For the sake of money I lost my children.” (Testament of Judah 19:1–2)
We try so hard to create heaven on earth and when convenient throw in Jesus as Lord as a prerequisite to the so-called good life, the eternal life.
Yet Jesus proclaims that unless we are willing to serve him holistically in every area of life, and particularly with our material resources, (see 1 Timothy 6:10), we cannot claim to be serving Him at all.
The Reverend Deacon Heino Claessions St. Albans Glen Williams.