The High Price We Pay For Things We don’t Need

December 2, 2014

The High Price We Pay For Things We Don’t Need

            You may think this article will be about material things you don’t need. All of us have them and we often need discernment in knowing what they are.  Many need help in knowing how to spend their money so they don’t waste it on things they don’t need.  This article, however, doesn’t deal with material things.  Many carry around immaterial baggage that they would be better off without.

Many young Americans are saddled with a student loan they are struggling to pay off, or  can’t pay.  They are to be commended in that they realized the need of an education, because the price they would pay for ignorance is even greater.  (I’m tempted to divert from the theme of this article to suggest ways of getting an education without going into debt for it.)

The ignorant are dependent on others.  It pays to learn how to do things for yourself.  Fortunate are the house wives who know how to bake a birthday cake and decorate it.  If they had to buy one at the bakery they would pay a lot more.  Those who know how to change a light switch or light socket don’t have to pay an electrician to do it  High school dropouts condemn themselves to low paying jobs; if they can even get one.  Many don’t realize that the price they would pay for an education is much less than the price they will pay for being ignorant.  A wise father will teach his son the importance of wisdom and understanding.  Proverbs 4:5 says, “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.”

Pride also has a high price tag.  A proud man likes to think that he is a good man, intelligent, and capable.  He may be all of that, but he wants everyone to know how important he is.  Pride is a subtle thing.  It is possible to be proud and not realize it.  Some are even proud of their humility.  Others can see our pride, even when we can’t. Pride erodes the respect others have for us.  There is a measure of pride we all need.  It keeps us from having low self-esteem.  The proud person, however, extends himself beyond his needed pride.

Proud people often refuse to accept correction.  They are quick to take offense if someone tries to correct them.  The result is that they go on making the same mistake, hurting themselves and others around them.  Romans 12:3 says, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”  There is a price to pay for being humble, but the remuneration is much greater than that which comes from being proud.

Proud people are often those who reject the gospel.  They refuse to accept the fact that they are sinners.  They are proud of the good things they have done, and think God should take that into consideration.  In Peter’s sermon in Acts chapter three he said in verse 19 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”  That is hard for proud people to do, but if they don’t, they forfeit heaven’s glory, and will spend eternity in hell.

Many also pay a high price for addictions.  Often, what they pay in money, is the least of the loss.  If you have an addiction, you need to consider the damage it is doing to your health. You may be taking years off of your life.  You may also pay with reduced quality of life because of physical disabilities.  The pleasure and satisfaction you get from your habit is little in comparison to a healthy body.

Addictions also depreciate your value as a person.  No one will respect you more highly because of it.  It may cause you to hurt family members and others around you.  Some impair your motor skills and ability to think properly.  That is the reason for the prohibition against drinking and driving.  Whatever your addiction may be, you are better off without it.  Many times God’s people have gained the victory over an addiction.  First they confessed it as a sin and ask God’s forgiveness.  Then they invoked God’s help by claiming the promise of Philippians 4:13.  “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Foolish is something else we don’t need.  The Bible has much to say about it.  The word “fool” appears there 13 times.  It appears there 50 times if we also include the word “foolish.” Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Then, in Proverbs 17:10 we read, “A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.”  Foolishness reflects a lack of wisdom.  God wants his people to grow in knowledge and wisdom.  Romans 11:33 says, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Foolishness has no advantages.  The best way to depart from foolishness is to read and obey God’s Word.  The reward is great.  Don’t neglect it.  James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

What do you have that you don’t need?  Why keep it if you don’t need it; especially if it’s a burden to you?  You would be better off without it.  Get it out of your life and replace it with something beneficial.









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