What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (James 4:1-3 NIV)
We do fight amongst ourselves: in families, in churches. We are so selfish and greedy. Want, want, want.. Think of how you go throughout your day and the MANY times that verbally or mentally you say, “I want.” It would surprise you. I have sat and listened to many Christian people only talking about the items that they are planning on getting and exactly how they are going to obtain them no matter how much debt they have to incur to get it: flat screen TV, new car, latest camera, new release of blackberries, club membership, new “toy”, more items from their favorite teams, more, more, more. We will do anything to get it.
James points out that first of all we don’t ask for it. We state we want and we go after it. We don’t ever ask. When we do, what is behind our request? Greed? Self-centeredness? A need to have more than others? A need to be one of the first? Most humans only want their own pleasures to be satisfied. What if you took that $1000 that you wanted to spend on the flat screen and gave it to the cancer research center? That $1000 might get them closer to preventions and cures. What if you took it and gave it to the food pantry? So many families could have food in their stomachs because of it. What if you took it and gave it to the newly made widow and her 4 children to help pay for the funeral? You were a light to the lost. I’m not saying that getting a flat screen TV is bad. But if you have a good one already and you are only getting it because it is the “thing” to have and so many people already have it, then your motives are wrong.
We are called by God to do great things with all HE, not ourselves, have given us. What have you done lately with your possessions, not just 10% of them, ALL of them?