SEX, DRUGS, MONEY, MORE: THE CHASE FOR MORE

On Sunday, Pastor Jeremy Johnson kicked off our new series, “Sex, Drugs, Money, More” by reminding us that the chase for more leaves us feeling empty and unsatisfied. Our treasure cannot be found in the things of this world.It can only be foundin the promises of Heaven. God is the only one that can fill our need for “more.” Matthew 6:19-24 puts it this way:

“19Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,where moths and vermin destroy,and where thieves break in and steal.20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.22The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,your whole body will be full of light.23But if your eyes are unhealthy,your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!24 No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

We have all had the thought of, “If I just have this, I’ll have everything I need to be happy.” When in reality, once we have it,all we want is the next best thing. If we live our lives believing that the treasures of this world will make us happy or satisfied,we will never stop searching for the next best thing and will miss the miracle in what we already have. It’s not that God doesn’t want us to have a nice house or nice car. He doesn’twant us to be owned by what we own. The things we gather now will only be ours for a short time, but when our treasure is set on the things of God, our treasure will last way beyond this world. Wherever our treasure is, our heart will be also. Is it really worth it to risk placing your heart in something that is unprotected and will soon fade away? Your treasure determines what you value and what you value, your heart will pursue. If your heart is not into the things of God, start putting your treasure there and your heart will soon follow. Get your heart to go where you want it to go. Lead your heart. Don’t let it lead you.

God is not trying to take away your fun. We all have those things that we would love to have and He keeps those in mind. His goal in aligning your treasure is to give you a life with long lasting fulfillment and fruit. Mark 4:14-20 goes deeper into this concept:

“14The farmer sows the word.15Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.16Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.17But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.18Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;19but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealthand the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.20Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

The desire to own other things could keep you from being fruitful in this life! Worry can cause good fruit to expire. It is not to say that if you are firmly rooted in God that you will never worry again, but the verse does imply that worry, like love, is a choice. What if we chose not to worry?What if the breakthroughs we are waiting for are to come once we decide not to worry? Worry chokes out what God is trying to say over your life. As seen above, the risk is too great to store our treasures in material things. The enemy would love for us to get caught up in chasing the “more” because then, God’s word would never take root in us and we would never walk in the power and authority we were designed for. The enemy would love for us to believe that every thought we have is our own and that we should just give up when we have thoughts of inadequacy. The enemy is constantly whispering thoughts contrary to who we are in our ear because he is scared of us! He is scared of us knowing that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, that God knew us before we were formed and had purpose for us (Psalm 139). He would love for us to believe we are less than because if we actually take ahold of the fact that we were intricately designed for purpose, we would change the world and silence his voice forfeiting his power wherever we go.

Take time to thank God for the miracle of what you do have and ask Him to help you place your treasure in Him so that you don’t miss out on true fulfillment. Ask Him to help you prepare your soil for good seed so that He can increase its value. He is the God of increase. By leading your heart to His, you will notmiss out on anything. You will be gaining more than you could ever imagine possible!