Matthew 6:24 (NLT)
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
Last week we started exploring what drives our lives. We looked at common drivers such as guilt, resentment, and fear, and how these drivers manifest when we become manipulated by our memories. This week we are going to look at how the materialism and the need for approval can drive our lives. .
Consider the following:
Rick Warren suggested that people who are driven by materialism have a desire to acquire which turns into the whole goal of their lives. While others allow opinions and the expectations of friends, family, partners, and non-factors to control their lives. Both of these toxic drivers are true thieves of purpose. As our scripture lesson informs us, we can not serve two masters. In our scripture lesson, Jesus is instructing us to keep our focus on him and counseling us on not having worldly-mindedness. Being driven by things and living for man’s approval instead of God’s approval is an entry way to sin and a purposeless life. Furthermore, these two drivers often lead to depression and anxiety because you are constantly feeling that you do not have enough, you are not doing enough, and you are not enough. On the contrary, when you put Jesus at the forefront of your life He validates that you are enough because your net worth and quantity of friends with their two cents of advice does not determine your self worth! This is why when you get in your spirit that God has purposed you, trivial, petty, and pointless interactions and “things” will not move your spirit. You will be driven by purpose thus striving for a stronger relationship with Christ.
He suggests there are practical benefits of living a purpose-driven life: 1) knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life — when life has meaning you can bare almost anything, 2) knowing your purpose simplifies your life — your purpose becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which aren’t, 3) knowing your purpose focuses your life — you become effective by being selective because you concentrate your effort and energy on what’s important, 4) knowing your purpose energizes your life — purpose produces passion while purely striving for success can muddle that passion, and 5) knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity — ultimately what matters is what God says about your life, not others (p. 25).