Many people are so used to going through the motions of life that they don’t realize when they have become dependent upon material things. A middle-aged man and his wife were talking about what life might be like during retirement, when the husband said, “If I am ever on life support, just pull the plug. I don’t want to suffer.”

The man’s wife promptly pulled the cord on the TV set and poured his beer down the drain. She knew he had become dependent on these things, and they were making their family suffer.

It is very easy for Christians to become dependent upon things of this world during our brief stay here. While hopefully there aren’t many Christians who have become dependent on alcohol (though there are some), there are plenty who are dependent on TV. Some are dependent on their jobs at the expense of their families. Others are dependent on their possessions. These are the kind of people who can’t be separated from their car, house, yard, or money. There might not be anything wrong with television, a job, or material possessions in themselves, but when they become our life support, we and others will suffer.

Instead of being dependent on things which won’t last forever (and won’t help us live any longer, either), we should find life support in the eternal, unchanging Word of God. When this fills our heads and our hearts, it works like an IV pumping life-giving fluid into our character and relationships.

Everyone is on life support in one way or another. The question is, how well is yours sustaining you? When you’re feeling down and discouraged because people don’t like you and have turned against you, how well does it help you through your difficulties? Is it preparing you for eternity? If you want to stay alive, choose the best source of sustenance today.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder