I have been humbled in many different ways in my life especially in the last couple of years. Jesus uses the humbling times to change you, and He continues to change me in great ways to which I am thankful. These processes have caused a change in my viewpoint, or maybe just opened my eyes a little wider to consumer Christianity. I have always seen it, but I didn’t always see it in myself, and I didn’t see to the extent that I do now.
Consumerism is always needing or wanting more. Here is a dictionary definition-Consumerism is a social and economic order and ideology that encourages the acquisition of goods and services in ever-increasing amounts.
When tied to Christianity it is the same definition except we say it’s for His ever-increasing government. The trouble with that is His Kingdom is not of this world, and Jesus said we wouldn’t be able to point at it and say it is here or there, and life is not in the abundance of possessions. Yet we use churches as a way to acquire, and we use verses to confirm our consumerism. We go to church for what we can get rather than to worship God, and serve people. Etc. I aim to keep this short.
The kingdom is within. The kingdom is realizing that if you have Jesus you already have it all. The Kingdom is following Jesus even if you were to lose some of your riches. The kingdom is an expression of the King.
The wealthiest kingdom people are those who need/want the least, and are overwhelmed with gratitude for what the Lord has blessed them with whether it be a little, or a lot. The wealthiest kingdom people are those who have no need to compare and become envious.
DISCLAIMER: I AM IN NO WAY THE ONE WHO DETERMINES WHAT YOU SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT HAVE. THAT IS BETWEEN YOU AND HOLY SPIRIT.