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Resisting the materialistic pressures of the holiday season

Title: Resisting the Materialistic Pressures of the Holiday Season

As we approach the holiday season, we are bombarded with messages about buying gifts, decorating our homes, and indulging in festive foods and activities. The pressure to spend money and keep up with the commercialized version of Christmas can be overwhelming. As followers of Christ, it is essential for us to resist materialistic pressures and focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

“Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” – Luke 12:15 (NKJV)
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJV)
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” – Exodus 20:17 (NKJV)

1. Focus on the True Meaning of Christmas: The birth of Jesus Christ is the reason we celebrate Christmas. It is a time to reflect on God’s love for humanity and the gift of salvation through His Son. By keeping our focus on Christ, we can resist the consumer-driven culture of the holiday season.

2. Practice Gratitude: Instead of getting caught up in the frenzy of buying and receiving gifts, take time to express gratitude for the blessings in your life. Cultivate a spirit of contentment and thankfulness, recognizing that true joy does not come from material possessions.

3. Set a Budget and Prioritize Giving: Before the holiday season begins, establish a budget for gifts and other expenses. Instead of feeling pressure to buy extravagant gifts, consider how you can use your resources to bless others in meaningful ways. This could include supporting charitable organizations, volunteering your time, or giving to those in need.

4. Resist Comparison and Competition: It can be tempting to compare our holiday traditions and spending with others. Instead, focus on creating meaningful experiences and memories with loved ones, rather than trying to outdo others with lavish displays of material wealth.

5. Seek the Kingdom of God: Remember that our ultimate purpose is to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). As we resist the materialistic pressures of the holiday season, we can align our hearts with God’s priorities and honor Him with our choices.

Resisting the materialistic pressures of the holiday season is not always easy, but as followers of Christ, we are called to be counter-cultural and grounded in the truth of God’s Word. By focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, practicing gratitude, setting a budget, resisting comparison, and seeking the kingdom of God, we can find joy and fulfillment in this season without falling into the trap of materialism. Let us remember the words of Jesus: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35, NKJV), and approach the holiday season with a spirit of generosity and love.

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Possible Viewpont: Evangelical Christian


1. Matthew 6:24
2. Luke 12:15
3. 1 Timothy 6:10
4. 1 John 2:15-17
5. Proverbs 23:4-5
6. Ecclesiastes 5:10

Questions for Lesson

1. How does your faith influence your approach to Christmas spending?
2. In what ways do you find it challenging to resist materialistic pressures during the holiday season?
3. How do your spending habits reflect your priorities as a Christian during Christmas?
4. According to Matthew 6:19-21, where should our focus be during the holiday season?
5. What does 1 Timothy 6:10 teach about the dangers of materialism?
6. How do you plan to incorporate your values and beliefs into your Christmas spending decisions this year?

Worship Music for Lesson

1. “Give Me Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath
2. “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)” by Amy Grant
3. “It’s About the Cross” by Go Fish
4. “Adore Him” by Kari Jobe

Object Lesson

– A holiday-themed shopping bag filled with expensive gifts
– A smaller, modestly wrapped gift
– A wallet or purse
– A list of financial goals or priorities
– A budget planner or spreadsheet

1. Begin by displaying the holiday-themed shopping bag and explaining that it represents the materialistic pressure and consumerism that often comes with the holiday season.
2. Display the smaller, modestly wrapped gift and explain that it represents a more meaningful and budget-friendly approach to gift-giving.
3. Take out the wallet or purse and demonstrate how easily it can become empty from overspending during the holidays.
4. Show the list of financial goals or priorities and discuss the importance of staying committed to these even during the holiday season.
5. Finally, present the budget planner or spreadsheet and emphasize the value of creating and sticking to a budget during the holidays, despite the pressures to overspend.

By using the props and explanations, this illustration will visually and verbally demonstrate the importance of resisting materialistic pressures during the holiday season and encourage adults to prioritize meaningful, budget-friendly choices.


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