Are you a gadget person, I will confess that I am. When I see the latest piece of technology I do get a little excited and find a reason why I should buy it. However I am not quite as bad in the kitchen as I have learnt the hard way - buy a kitchen gadget and within a few months the excitement has worn off and the item is tucked away all cosy in the cupboard and won't see much light for many months . . . years . . . ever!!!
I have been reading And He Dwelt Among Us by A. W. Tozer and particularly liked his comments regarding gadgets. Now Tozer died in 1963, so the gadgets we have today such as computers and the many "labour saving" devices in our homes had not been invented. However when I read his views on gadgets, it could have been written today in 2011.
How excited we (I certainly do) get when we buy a new gadget for the kitchen and it does the job much quicker . . . faster than what our grandmothers could have done with the same task in. We call this progress and think it is wonderful . . gadgets save us time. Tozer however has a different view on gadgets and said that all these wonderful gadgets that we love so much are just temporal belongings "for just a brief moment", he goes on to say "it will not be long before other improved gadgets will replace the ones you are in love with now". How true is that comment, how often (and we are most certainly encourage to) "upgrade". I find that so many things these days (in particular white goods) aren't made to last, is this a sneaky way of getting us all to "upgrade" to the next model? This of course creates a vicious cycle which keeps on going and going with no end in sight. We are never quite happy with the gadget we have, as we can see a even better one available.
With all this focus on the contemporary . . . the here and now . . . we are sadly taking our eyes off what is important and become consumed by the world. Whilst these gadgets are temporary, God is everlasting . . . "All the things of this world are here for but a moment and then are gone".
Tozer isn't say that we should avoid labour-saving devises, he just wants to remind us that these are only temporary items and that we should not be consumed by them . . . always hankering after the next new thing . . . or wanting something better than what we already have. Instead we should be looking towards God who is far bigger and everlasting . . . that is where our focus must be on. Not material goods.