The Comparison Game | Day Eleven
By: Megan Gover | To download the second week of this study, click here.
Have you ever heard of the More Monster? He’s formally known as Greed. You’ve probably met him while visiting your friend’s tricked out lake house or ginormous home. Maybe when your friend stopped by to show off her brand new car, the More Monster was riding shotgun.
Though he has a cutesy name, destruction is his game. All he ever does is lie. Greed promises that if we get X we will finally be happy; he’s king of if only statements.
The More Monster cries: If only you had one of those new Polaroid cameras, then you would finally feel hipster. If only your family had more money, then you could take nice vacations instead of staycations. Slowly, but surely, our happiness hinges on the things we don’t have while the joy of the things we do own are stolen.
Everything we have—from phones and pillows and puppies and pools—are God-given blessings. However, comparisons breed greed and ungratefulness while joy cultivates gratitude and thankfulness.
Ask the Lord to show you specific ways you are tempted to compare your material possessions. Thank Him for the things He has blessed you with and open your eyes to see the blessings placed before you!
Let’s start off by viewing the world's perspective of money and possessions.
Why is wealth such a symbol of status in this world?
What’s an example of the world’s need for more and better?
Who does the world believe is in ownership of the things they have?
Let’s look at 1 Timothy 6:10.
What does it say is the root of evil?
How can efforts to find money lead to destruction?
How could it cause you to wander? How could it bring about grief?
Have you experienced the above yourself? What would be an example of this?
If you have experienced pain or grief through harboring greed, this is probably an indicator of comparisons.
How could inferior comparisons breed greed? How could superior comparisons foster ungratefulness?
Personally, how do you compare your money, wealth, or possessions? When does the More Monster show up in your thoughts?
If you were given X to make you happy, what would you fill in the blank for X?
Does seeking to have more exhaust you or fuel you? Explain.
King Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, had something to say about the world’s idea of wealth and possessions. He paints it as a picture of never-ending toil.
Read Ecclesiastes 5:10-17. For those who love money, why are they never satisfied?
Have you found this to be true in your own life? If so, describe a time you felt like this. Was your focus on money or on the Lord?
According to verse 11, how does an increase of wealth and abundance affect you?
What was the grievous evil Solomon saw in verses 14-17?
Now read Ecclesiastes 5:18-20. How is this good mindset different than the grievous evil mentioned above?
How interesting it is that in verses 10- 17, the Lord is never referenced. However, there is a major shift in verse 18-20—equating their money and wealth as blessings from the Lord.
What are some steps you can take to actively think of the things you are given as a gift from God? How can you be a better steward of your things?
As we wrap up today, confess any greed or love of money you find yourself having. And if ungratefulness is a culprit of stealing joy, take some time to thank the Lord for everything He has given you. Once we begin to see things from this perspective, we not only get to enjoy our blessings, but find contentment in the Lord and cultivate a heart of generosity.