I am the ultimate consumer.

Which is a name I have given myself because I like it way better than gullible/idiot consumer. I am totally into sales, I love all commercials, and count ole Benjamin as one of my best friends. And infomercials? Whoa, I better just not watch. Last week I was one quick phone call away from owning some medi-socks. Also a pet hair remover. Even though I don’t own a pet.

That’s why when the sweet lady at Lowe’s offered me a membership rewards card that would allow me to go online and view my recent purchases, I almost hugged her. Because the only thing in this world that would make a rewards card better is one that lets me track my purchases, right?

I skipped out to the parking lot, so happy, planning on about one thousand six hundred twenty-three things I could buy, when it hit me: what if God offered me a rewards card? What if with God I had to spend so much time in prayer, so much time reading the Bible, so much time doing good things, in order to earn enough points to get a blessing? Firstly, that would be awful. God gives me much more than I could ever deserve or earn on a daily basis. Secondly, what would my rewards card look like? Would there be anything on there? Would it be totally sporadic? My rewards card from Lowe’s makes me want to go back, to be their loyal customer. Yet God, who freely blesses me constantly, can’t get my attention longer than it takes to say a prayer before a meal. Ouch.

God’s word says in Matthew:

 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

It’s true, we all get worked up about things here on earth. Our treasures can be different from person to person. I’ll go ahead and admit mine: I really want a well-decorated home. It’s important to me that my abode looks good. For some of you it may be that fancy car. Or possibly a book collection, a dvd collection, the expensive haircut, the best electronics. Those things are okay, but if that’s what you’re striving for, you’ve missed the mark. Paul said in Colossians:

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3

Paul goes on to explain how to live with your mind on things above:

 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection…And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:12-14 & 17

So go out, give thanks that the Lord has promised to take care of you no matter what, and then live like there’s a rewards card.

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