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What Extra Baggage are You Carrying

Put your heart on the conveyor belt, and let Jesus decide what gets to stay and what must be left behind.


Our verse for today comes from Mark 11:16, ” And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. “


If you are a seasoned air traveler, then you are probably aware of many of the baggage restrictions currently in effect. But if you are a novice and plan on flying, it may be beneficial to familiarize yourself with the limitations set in place by the TSA. For example, axes, hatchets and crowbars are not allowed, but screwdrivers and wrenches less than seven inches in length are permitted. Pies and cakes are permissible, which is nice for the holiday travelers to know, but that gravy or creamy spread you were hoping to put on your airline meal must be less than 3.4 ounces. Box cutters are an obvious no-no, but you can bring on a disposable razor in case the hair on your face or legs grows faster than Donald Trump’s hairspray bills. And since the World Series just concluded, you won’t have to worry about someone trying to smuggle on a baseball bat, which along with bows and arrows and pool cues, are not allowed in your carry-on luggage. The TSA agents across our country have an enormous responsibility, especially when more than 1.5 million people board a domestic flight each day. And though the temple was not quite as busy as O’Hare Airport, there certainly was plenty of traffic in and around that unique site. And it wasn’t merely a single building like the size of one of our 200-person sanctuaries commonly found in Anytown, USA. Imagine instead an area the size of many football fields, enclosed within a massive wall, and the temple building itself in the midst of an enormous courtyard with people about in all four corners.


Herein is where Jesus overturned the money changers and somehow restricted anyone from passing through carrying any items for sale. Nothing did He allow that was not intended for holy purposes. Your heart is much smaller than the temple mount was, but woven through it are idols and treasures much more intrusive and afflicting than any animal for sale. Jesus wants to remove all that does not belong and is not safe for your soul. Will you allow Him to perform a complete inspection and extraction?


As we seek Him today, put your heart on the conveyor belt, and let Jesus decide what gets to stay and what must be left behind.

AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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