Give Him Your All
Easter weekend was a busy weekend for Alyssa and I. Not only was it Easter and Communion at our church it also happened to be the weekend we moved from our old place into a more spacious suite. I am an emotional and sentimental person sometimes. What does that have to do with moving? Well, it means that I collect a lot of things and hold on to them because they either hold some faint semblance of emotional significance or because "you never know when you're going to need it again." A few wise people this month advised me to take this moving opportunity to get rid of all my junk. That's exactly what I did. Well, more accurately that's exactly what my wife did. She has a much clearer picture of what needs to stay and what needs to be trashed or donated. We had a few discussion over the week we packed as she rummaged through my collection of useless trinkets and knick knacks. We managed to get rid of quite a few bags full of clothes, items, and useless junk. Even as we finish unpacking in our new place we are still finding more things we can part with (despite my emotional attachments to things I didn't remember I owned). As I think about all of the things we've parted with and how less cluttered our life is I wonder how many other things in my life I can let go of?
19 "Don’t hoard treasure down here
where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust
or—worse!—stolen by burglars.
20 Stockpile treasure in heaven,
where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars.
21 It’s obvious, isn’t it?
The place where your treasure is,
is the place you will most want to be, and end up being."
Matthew 6:19-21 (MSG)
Now, let's be clear, in Matthew 6 Jesus isn't necessarily saying that we should buy "stuff" or enjoy our things. The crucial lesson Jesus is trying to teach is that our heart will be with whatever we value most. It's about not letting stuff, relationships, hobbies, goals, or whatever else, become a higher priority than the real mission of our lives: to be a part of expanding God's Kingdom. There may be hobbies, or friendships, or relationships that we cling on to because of some faint emotional connection. We can't seem to let go of them even when those things no longer serve our values, or when those friendships or relationships draw us away from our commitment to God and to His Kingdom. There are seasons in our lives when God may be calling us to declutter our lives, and cut ties with some of the things that weigh us down and distract us from our God-mission. It's obvious isn't it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. Take some time this week or this weekend to connect with God. If you haven't connected with Him in a while set a window of distraction free time to talk to God. Spend some time praying about the things in your life that might have your heart and distract you from your commitment to God. Ask God to help you choose what you need to declutter from your life.
5 Love God, your God, with your whole heart:
love him with all that’s in you,
love him with all you’ve got!
Deuteronomy 6:5 (MSG)
Lord help me not to be distracted by the things around me. Help me to maintain my focus on the call you have placed in my life. Teach me to declutter my life of the things that take me away from you. Today I give you my whole heart; I give you my all. AMEN.