Consumerism is rampant in society. I’m not just referring to the marketplace. The same ideology that drives the year end blow out sales, post black Friday, has crept into almost every aspect of our lives. Believing that our spiritual experience is just another commodity to bought or sold has obscured the drawing nature of the Holy Spirit.
God implores us to taste and see that He is good. Yet what He offers cannot be contained in shiny packages with red ribbons. It seeps into us like a refreshing drink that when drunk restores our spiritual vitality and a connection with our creator.
Jesus explains to His follower that His sheep hear His voice. It follows in this analogy of sheep and shepherd that we must be led by Christ. Consumerism is about control: control over what we take in, where we go and what we do. Ultimately however our walk with God is about giving up control.
Jesus once said to aggressive argumentative Pharisees “give to caesar what is caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Perhaps with the waning year we can rethink our commitment to consumerism.
Beneath the twinkling stars Jesus spoke words to the pondering Nicodemus. He said “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 Let the Spirit lead you, not to a sale, but to life everlasting