The Path of More

A few months ago, my husband and I moved out of the small apartment we had been living in since we got married to a much larger duplex across town. In many ways we feel incredibly blessed by our new location and the deal we got on our rent. We’re near friends and have quite a bit more space (including a garage, which our poor cars are thankful for after years of exposure to Missouri weather.)

Isn’t it tragically funny, though, how the human heart is never content, never satiated? What a voracious appetite I have for MORE. I’m especially reminded of this inherent tendency around Christmas time, when all of a sudden I need so many MORE things than I ever realized. But, back to our new place…Instead of being thankful for what God has provided for our family, I often find myself looking around thinking, “if only we had a headboard and new mattress for our bed,” “if only we had a nice yard,” “if only we had a house that we owned”…then…then I’d be content. I look at what others around me have and thoughts creep in like, “why don’t we have what they have?” Or, “If I could have what their family has…then…then I’d be content.”

What a sickness this MORE way of thinking so quickly becomes—one that leads to jealousy, discontentment, self-pity, complaining, worry, and despair. I hate my MORE path! God hates my MORE path! Yet, I jump right on it again and again. It’s my default mode, my home base, my Easy Button. What then would God have me do when I turn to my MORE mindset? Here are a few things I’ve been learning…

1) Remember where the MORE path leads. Ultimately, it can lead to our spiritual destruction.

1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

2) Repent of the MORE way of thinking. Confess my sin to God and ask for His forgiveness. (Psalm 51 is a great example of repentance.)

3) Cultivate a heart of thankfulness that celebrates (instead of worships) God’s good gifts.

1 Timothy 4:4, “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving….”

4) Remember that my true and lasting satisfaction lies in God alone, not in MORE of anything else.

Proverbs 19:23, “The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.”

Isaiah 58:11 “And the LORD will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.”

Hebrews 13:5, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”

When I begin to see and obey God in these ways, the MORE addiction begins to lose its hold. For a brief time my “then…then I’d be content” turns into “now…now I am content.” Lord, I pray that you’d help us all continually seek MORE of You and that our “thens” would turn to “nows.”

To further ponder this topic, you might want to check out a great sermon by John Piper entitled “Battling the Unbelief of Covetousness.”

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