Materialism 2

bmw.jpg The story is told of a prosperous, young investment banker who was driving his new BMW on a mountain road during a snow storm. As he made his way around one particularly sharp curve, he lost control of his car and began sliding off the road toward a steep precipice. At the last possible moment, he leaped from his car, which then tumbled end-over-end to the bottom of the ravine. Though he had narrowly escaped with his life, the man suffered a dreadful injury. It seems his right arm had been caught near the hinge of the door as he jumped and had been yanked off at the shoulder.
A trucker witnessed the accident in his rearview mirror. He quickly brought his rig to a stop and ran over to see if he could help. He found the man standing at the edge of road, looking down at his mangled automobile in the ravine below. “My BMW! My new BMW!” the banker cried, oblivious to his awful wound. The trucker pointed at the banker’s shoulder and said, “Mister, you’ve got bigger problems than that car. We’ve got to find your arm so that the surgeons can sew it back on!” The banker looked where his arm had been and then groaned aloud, “Oh no! My Rolex! My new Rolex!”
While the story is fictitious, it serves to illustrate a sobering truth. Materialism deludes to such an extent that the physical appears to be of greater duration and value than the spiritual. This explains why so many are willing to swap their souls for that which the world has to offer (Matt.
Paul warned that, “…those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare (trap)…” (1 Timothy 6:9). The Greek word for snare, pagis reveals the deceptive nature of materialism: “It refers to the way wild animals are caught. A hole is dug in the earth and filled with sharp stakes. Then it is covered with grass. Unawares, the helpless victim plunges in the hidden hole and is transfixed on the stakes. /1
The Psalmist wrote, “They served their idols, which became a snare to them” (Psalm 106:36). Materialism deceives! “And the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful” (Mark 4:19).
1/ Mac Layton, “The Burden of Prosperity,” This Grace Also, pp. 136-137.

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