We live in a world of plastic promises. Our consumer cultures saturates us with a hyper-reality that if we buy the right car, experience the right holiday and wear the right clothes, we will hang out with the right people and be fulfilled and happy. The track record of our culture highlights this is a plastic promise and leads people into more and more depression and discontentment. As a result, we fill our days with the romantic notion that there is a place somewhere out there that will satisfy all of our longings and desires. That place just doesn’t exist.
Jesus’ example and teaching highlights to us that if you try to save your life with the plastic promises of this world, you will lose it. If you try to gain all that this world says is most important, you will end up forfeiting your soul.
At their core, there is nothing wrong with products, holiday trips and achievement but if you measure your life by those things and sell your soul to pursue those things, you are building on shifting sand rather than the sure foundation of meaningful faith in Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, this consumer mindset has become common place amongst western believers, whom are constantly searching for the next spiritual experience that will make them happy and as a result leave one church after another to satisfy their craving that actually is more familiar with the hyper-reality of our culture than of God’s Spirit.
Don’t put your trust in the plastic promises of this culture but in the promises of God in His Word. Build your life on a sure foundation and leave a legacy that glorifies God and fills life with meaningful moments and relationships, not just plastic ones.