A beautiful picture isn't it? A real slice of heaven.
Photo by Grand Velas Riviera Maya
It makes me wish I was there, relaxing in one of those lawn chairs, soaking up the sun, enjoying the rhythmic ebb and flow of the ocean -- perhaps an umbrella drink in hand. Sure, I'll take a vacation there. Even better, maybe one day I'll have made enough money off my books that I can permanently retire to such a place. (And every author said, "yeah, right".) It'd be wonderful. I'd have a beautiful house. Maybe a couple of classic cars... A convertible '65 Mustang, oh yeah! The life O'Reilly.
Did you know that this is one of Satan's most successful attacks on the church today? He dangles luxury, status, and pretty things in front of us, and whispers, "You need it. Look what they have! You can afford this. You deserve it." He knows that if we're occupied with worldly success and a comfortable lifestyle, we'll be distracted from the real reason we're here -- to know God's love and salvation, and to share the gospel and His love with others. He knows what he's doing. If he can get us to pursue "The American Dream" instead of God, we'll invest our resources in more comfort and luxury for ourselves, and neglect the Kingdom.
C.S. Lewis was right.
"Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is "finding his place in it", while really it is finding its place in him. (The Screwtape Letters", Letter 28)
Be careful. A comfortable life isn't a sin, but it is dangerous. It has the power to lull us to sleep and water down our faith. We may find ourselves depending upon the tangible things of this world instead of God. Perhaps even too attached to let go. Remember the rich, young ruler. He wanted to be right with God, but his wealth had sunk its claws into his very soul and held him captive. (Luke 18:18-25)