Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Storing Our Treasure

trea·sure
[trezh-er]

wealth, rich materials, or valuable things
any thing or person greatly valued or highly prized
(source: dictionary.com)

I am continuing my study of "Becoming a Woman of Simplicity" by Cynthia Heald today with a third installment {read one and two}.  As we live our daily lives, we are bombarded by advertising that suggests every possible "thing" available to humanity for purchase - to enhance our lives, to enrich our lives, to make our lives easier, to make our lives better, to make us better, and so on.  Then there's entertainment and all kinds of other distractions.  It is so hard in today's world not to get caught up in commercialism and all the worldly things around us.

God clearly asks us not to get caught up in things of this world.  They are just things.  They are temporary.  They distract us from His truth and actively participating in fulfilling the plan He has for us.  Distractions come from the enemy.  Distractions are all around us.  Distractions can lead to temptations.  They often serve to pull us away from the very thing that we should be focusing on, and that is our relationship with Christ.

Recall that our Father wants us to have rest and peace in Him.  Do we really need all kinds of earthly things?  Is what we possess sufficient to live our lives in simplicity or is what we have excessive and distracting us from doing His will?  Are there areas in which we can improve?

Pulling away from some of the worldly things around us can help us to become more quiet in spirit and be more receptive to hearing God's Word.  If we become more receptive, then maybe we'll be more likely to actually hear God speaking to us.  They say less is more.  Less of this world will bring more time for following Him.  We should set our eyes on the kingdom rather than on what we think we need or want.  Matthew 6:19-21 tells us not to store our treasures here on earth, but to store them in heaven.  There is a correlation between where we store our treasure and where our hearts are fixed.

Less worldly involvement means more time for abiding and growing in our relationship with God.  This book, three chapters in, is really helping me to see many areas where I need to change.  I am praying for good things to come and that these 1% Changes become huge and life-altering.  It is all for His glory!

1 John 2:15

New Living Translation (NLT)

15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

reflections on chapter 3 of "becoming a woman of simplicity".  more insights to come as i journey through this book...

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