It’s hard to imagine life without material concerns. I worry about having enough income to provide for my family and to enjoy the things I want. It’s also hard to balance want and need and sharing. How much is enough in each of those categories? Our instinct drives us to gather and hoard for provision, but our culture drives us to insatiable greed and the satisfaction of every want.
Jesus encouraged us to live for today and trust God for tomorrow. He taught us to pray, “Give us our daily bread,” in the same way God taught the Israelites to trust him for each morning’s provision of manna. However, Jesus chided the crowds who followed him to get bread.
Often I’ve fallen into a common concept that heaven will provide everything I want abundantly. Islam teaches that heaven will provide women and riches and endless banquets. Is that heaven? Hoards of stuff for each of us amounting to endless piles of things?
Perhaps instead, heaven provides the want of nothing. I want nothing but to enjoy the presence of God. No ownership. No greed. No hoarding. Imagine walking into heaven free of the burden of materialism.
More satisfying are the crumbs of heaven than the wealth of a sultan.