I find it interesting that so many people in America place their value and worth on their possessions.
Material possessions, value and appearance of vehicles, houses and church buildings; yet Jesus did not put importance on things.
In fact, other than the clothes on His back and the sandals He had on His feet, He had no material possessions.
Jesus didn’t have a house to call His home. He left His home, he became homeless, so that we might find our eternal home in Him.
He didn’t stay in one place. He was nomadic. Truly, Jesus was a ‘mobile church.’
He initiated ‘Go Ye.’ He gave us the example- watch what He did.
That’s how we are to do. GO to the people, be about teaching, preaching, and healing all who are oppressed.
Jesus placed all importance and emphasis on people. PEOPLE. All people.
He knew people are a priority for God. So people (not buildings, not clothing, not material items) should be important to us as followers of Jesus.
He left His everything in Heaven to come to earth and give us ‘everything’ -Himself.
Yet many reject Him, and chose their ‘g’od of self, and chose ‘things’ to love.
People are created to be loved while things are made to be used.
But often times, we have this backwards because many are holding onto their things that they love and use more than being willing to let go and give to those who are in need.
Sadly, this is true within the walls of churches all across America. Is this bringing honor and glory to God? (Colossians 3:17; 23)
The Bible says that Satan has blinded the eyes of man, and I can see where lust for money and things has blinded eyes to real needs of so many people.
People living here in our own town have genuine need such as a roof over their head, food to eat etc. as well as people in other countries who are just as valuable to God.
I just returned from a mission trip in Africa with husband and one of our daughters.
The stark contrast of lavishness and luxurious things money is spent on- even within our own churches-give me cause and pause to think:
Is this pleasing to God? Are we really being good stewards of all God has given us? What is God thinking?
Do we really have Jesus’s priorities?
How are we really living biblical values?
Are we putting needs of people before our personal comfort?
Unless you leave your country and travel to another, you really have no idea.
It’s so difficult coming home and seeing the thousands of things that we take for granted that many have never experienced.
A bed that soft and comfortable with clean sheets with pillows with blankets…
Climate controlled rooms with air-conditioning, or heat adjustable at a moments touch of a control-
Clean, accessible drinking water whenever and wherever we are.
A roof over our head that covers multiple rooms in our house filled with multiple things that we don’t even use…
Stores everywhere within a moments reach that we can buy anything to our hearts desires.
Maybe it’s time we line up our hearts desires to mirror God’s Heart.
Maybe then, real people with real needs will see a real Jesus in us… and start receiving real love.
Food for thought…