Ever notice when something just keeps popping up in different places from different sources? That has happened recently regarding worldly possessions. First, it was the audio Bible I was listening to in my car. And then my Bible Study.
McKinney gave away free audio Bibles of the New Testament back in January as part of their challenge to read the Bible in 40 days. Listening to this, Matthew chapter 6 caught my attention. Verses 19-24 tell about Jesus’ advice to not have treasures on earth. Not only are they temporary but someone else can take them from you. Instead, store your treasure in Heaven where they are eternal. Verse 21 especially caught my attention: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Our Bible Study has been over the book, Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow. Chapter 6 is titled ‘Never enough’. The issue isn’t having material possessions; the issue is where your heart is. If you were to lose all your belongings and material wealth, would you dwell on any of it? Would it affect your relationship with God?
These questions brought to mind something I had to come to grips with a few years ago. My material possessions aren’t what I dwell on. What I dwell on is food. I used to say that I was not willing to give up my Dr Pepper, ice cream, cheeseburgers and chocolate. It was my only vice as far as I could tell. I’ve never smoked or drank; I’ve never done drugs, been promiscuous, spent money when we didn’t have it or any other vice I could think of. I’m a pretty boring person who likes to follow the rules. I’ve seen what several of those vices could do to a person and I want no part of it. What I was missing was the fact that by my attitude I put food above all else including God. It was a slap in the face when I realized that. Now, my heart attitude is different. I am willing to give it all up and actually have for periods of time. I’ve come to the realization that my having those foods was not the issue (unless you come at it from a health perspective); it was my attitude about it.
I have cut back on the amount of those foods I have but I have not taken them out of my life completely. I would like to think that I could go cold turkey tomorrow without ever looking back. I may not be there yet but if I felt that God was calling me to do it, I would be all over it. I love food but it is not the most important thing in my life.
Is there something in your life that, if you lost it forever, would affect your relationship with God? What are you going to do about it?
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