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Get Rid of Your Earthly Clutter

Put all that you have in the balance, and see if less of something would actually bring you more of something, or Someone, better.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 13:2, ” And Jesus said to him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.’ “

Background

How would you like to have this – a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important? Stated another way, what if you began to question what things added value to your life? A trendy way of saying this might be less is more. The cultural ” -ism ” that promotes this way of life is called Minimalism. At its core, Minimalism seeks to eliminate the unnecessary from one’s life so that the individual may find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom. Possessions are not bad in and of themselves, but to the extent that they become items of concern, devotion, drive, or preoccupation, they rob one from a life free to pursue things of true value and importance. The problem with Minimalism, and all other ” -isms, ” is that they take the higher pursuits and causes and make them to be about one’s personal fulfillment. Rather than living unencumbered from the cares of what you own and have so that your heart may be free to worship and serve God unreservedly and without distraction or division, the Minimalist seeks to free himself up to simply enjoy more of life. But this is not a bad thing, if more of life is more of God.

Application

Chances are, you wish that you had less stuff and more freedom. Chances are, you know you do not need much of what you have. And chances are, you wish you could experience the complete freedom that you have read and heard about in the lives of so many who have followed Jesus unreservedly. But getting rid of things will not move you closer to God, just as getting more will not necessarily push you away from Him. It’s the real estate of the heart that matters most. Jesus said to forget about the great buildings you see, for they will soon be rubble. Forget about the treasures on your shelves, the comforts that tie you to your past. Forget about holding on to something for a day that may never come. And stop wishing you could if only you didn’t have something else. Live by the faith that will carry you beyond the grave. Let Jesus, who is the truth, set you free indeed.

Charge

As we seek Him today, put all that you have in the balance, and see if less of something would actually bring you more of something, or Someone, better.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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