John 18:36 “My kingdom is not founded of this world…”

Philosophically, materialism, is the doctrine that nothing exists except matter and its movements and modifications. In other words, nothing exists but what is material or measurable, and if there is any value to be found in life, it must be in material terms. The materialism mantra; Be as healthy as you can, live as long as you can, get as rich as you can.

In Matthew Chapter 8 Jesus is confronted with the zeal of a scribe that asks to go with Jesus on his journey. Jesus clears the air of silly romantic notions and thoughtless zeal; “foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of man has no place to lay his head.” There will be no deluxe suites on this journey. No banquets await my crew. Don’t be deceived. The cost of following Jesus is high. He demands your all.

Christ himself told his disciples that he came to serve. The disciple of Christ must count the cost. He love is great. His mercy is everlasting. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. The life and light of Christ is sufficient to sustain us in this world of trouble and doubt. 

It isn’t clear what we shall be but we know this when we see him we shall be like him. Our choice is between the temporal and the eternal. Christ will supply all our needs according to his riches in glory. Think of it this way; materialism is fixated with what is in your hand, the Christ life is made possible by who is in your heart.

On Christ, the solid rock I stand

All other ground is sinking sand

All other ground is sinking sand