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Remove All But the Priorities in Life

Take an inventory of what you have and what you need. Then maybe start that list of what you really should have.


Our verse for today comes from Mark 6:8, ” He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts. “


In the movie A Few Good Men , a Private Santiago had been killed, and two other Marines were on trial for his death. Santiago had been a sub-par soldier who had made numerous requests to be transferred. According to the commanding officer of the base, Santiago was in fact scheduled to be transferred the very morning following his tragic death. To infer his doubt about the true existence of the supposed transfer order, the defense attorney questioned the Colonel about his trip to Washington that day for the trial. For his short stayover, the Colonel had called three people, scheduled a meeting with a Congressman and dinner with his sister, and packed an overnight bag. But for his permanent transfer out of Guantanamo Bay, Private Santiago had not packed a single item, had called no one, and lay sleeping just six short hours before his long-awaited release. Our family will be travelling to the beach in a couple weeks. You might imagine the packing that will take place for a family of eight to go out of town for five days, even if it didn’t include four daughters and a wife. Bags of clothing, bags of food, bags of games and books, and even empty bags to bring back the dirty clothes that can’t go back in their original bags. We will have it all.


When Jesus sent His disciples out two by two, He commanded them to take only a staff.
They had no itinerary and no return date, and nothing else with them. If our life is a type of journey and we’re supposed to take with us as little as possible, then we all are the worst kind of failures, aren’t we? We had a yard sale Saturday and plan on having another one this Saturday, so how bad is that for travelling light? I heard some guys talk recently about owning nothing, and what you could hear in every word they spoke was the freedom they had to live out the passion in their heart because their lives were unencumbered. Nothing is pretty drastic, and only a staff isn’t much more. But why do we go to the other extreme with so much unnecessary stuff?


As we seek Him today, take an inventory of what you have and what you need. Then maybe start that list of what you really should have.

AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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