A 16-year old Christian becomes concerned that the violent and suggestive video games he owns and plays are damaging his relationship with Christ. Many are in the Mature category according to the ESRB rating system. But his collection includes some rare and valuable games that might be worth a good amount of money someday. Plus, a lot of his earnings from his part-time job has been “invested” (his word) in them. What are his alternatives? What could he do?
Of course, our young man could simply ignore the conviction God has brought to him. But because he values his relationship with Him, he knows that he must make a God-honoring choice. Selling the games to someone else only shifts the temptation to others. Putting them away, out-of-sight, does not remove the temptation. He must accept the reality that the rewards for obedience are greater than any material blessings, even if it means discarding something that others would value.
One pastor has said, "Our delight must be more in God’s presence than in His provision."
In II Chronicles, King Amaziah had spent 100 talents of silver to hire additional troops who were not from the God-fearing tribe of Judah. When a man of God brought him God’s message that he was to send the mercenaries back to their homes, King Amaziah agonized with the prophet about the money that would be lost. The man of God’s response demonstrates God’s priority of obedience over possessions: “The LORD is able to give they much more than this” (verse 9).