Confession: I’m a consumer. There – I said it.

Honestly, we are all consumers at some level. Think about this definition:

One that consumes, especially one that acquires goods or services for direct use or ownership rather than for resale or use in production and manufacturing.

Although that’s very technical, it’s a perfect picture of our culture. As a consumer, everything becomes about me and what I can get over how I can help others. So, here are some thoughts about how you know if you are a consumer.

  • You always expect to receive something instead of give something.
  • You just can’t find the right church – you’ve actually tried all in town and none “work” for you.
  • You’re never satisfied by your income and always think others make to much.
  • You feel like you need every new electronic device that comes out, even though you will never use it.

Instead of continuing to beat myself up with some of these, I will stop there.

Are you a consumer?

The life Christ calls you to is one of giving. It’s not wrong to have things, but as I have heard it said, “It’s wrong for your things to have you.” Consider this as you go throughout the day, “For God so loved the world, that He GAVE….(John 3:16, NIV)”

  1. Mike Biddle on Thursday 24, 2010

    The Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts: 20:35

    This rings true in the world economy too. If we do not have enough people producing, inventing, etc and we consume more than we produce it will greatly affect our economy. We needed people like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, John Deere, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, George Eastman, The Wright Brothers to get us where we are today. Our youth appear to be conditioned to go to college, get a degree and then go work for someone else, never considering they may be the next Henry Ford.


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