It should not catch anyone by surprise that North America is a consumer driven society. In 2008, National Geographic published statistics that Americans are estimated to live 77.75 years and consume 31,350 gallons of gasoline, read 5,054 newspapers (43 trees), discard 64 tons of garbage and use 1.8 million gallons of water.
It should not surprise us that our consumer driven society has also infiltrated the ranks of the Church here in North America. There is much to be said about the existence of consumerism in the Church. How will the Church serve me? How will the Church meet the needs of my marriage? How will the Church meet the needs of my children? How will the Church … you fill in the blank.
Our world says, let me make sure my world is taken care of before I even give consideration to your world. Humanistic Psychologists like Abraham Maslow introduced the hierarchy of needs that reflects levels of needs humans seek which include:
From a human perspective, this school of thought makes sense. Let me take care of me, and figure out who I am, so I can help you do the same.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ presents a lifestyle that completely contradicts Consumerism.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Jesus takes this school of thought and flips the script all together.
In a Kingdom, there is a king. In this case, His name is Jesus.
In the kingdom of me, you are the center of the universe.
In the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus is King.
The King has royal power, rule and reign. The King’s will be executed, administered and all jurisdictions reside with him. In His Kingdom, it’s not up for discussion or debate.
Seeking first His Kingdom indicates that this must be our life’s first and greatest priority. Put the needs of others ahead of your own. Jesus says, don’t worry about the basics; He will take care of that when we put his directive first.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” – Matthew 6:25
Serve another and trust the Word of God will do what it says. Seek first His Kingdom in your life, your priorities and your actions; and He will take care of the rest.
If you’re focused on your unmet need, be challenged to align your heart and pursuit with the priority of the Kingdom of Heaven, not the priorities of our consumer driven culture.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV)