Hebrews 13:5 (niv)
Yesterday, I learned that there was a Lululemon outlet without 12 miles of my apartment in Chicago. Before I knew what was happening, I had convinced my husband to go on a nice drive …at 5 PM…heading out of the city… so at a a snail’s pace.
When I walked into the outlet, I could hear angels singing. And the lights seemed to be brighter than usual. And everything was perfect. I imagined myself rolling around in a bed of money, that I would in turn, gather up and spend right here, right now, at this Lulu outlet.
I’d like to say that I immediately snapped out of it and realized how crazy I was being, but it wasn’t until the drive home that it hit me how I had basically blacked out inside the store. I also realized that I’ve never once opened my Bible or walked into Church or small group and felt even half of that excitement.
On the drive home, I felt convicted about my behavior, and my importantly, my heart. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having nice things and enjoying the experience of experiencing the world. I’m not one of the Christians who believe that it’s admirable or honorable to live in poverty or that God created us to be without. But, when it comes to loving money (or the things that it buys), that’s a catalyst for self-reflection.
I never really understood the progression of this verse; it goes from a command, “keep your lives free from the love of money”, to a sweet promise, “God will never you”. What does one have to do with the other? Everything. The answer is everything.
God wants us to know that we in Him and with Him and through Him, we have everything we need. The things that money can’t buy, that can’t be found in stores, that are so expensive they’re priceless. We were never meant to attempt to purchase our happiness, self worth, freedom, or safety. There’s no need for the love of money or things, because they’re all pointless. Useless, really.
When we start to learn that we’re already in possession of everything we ever need, and that they were already given to us for free, as gifts, we can begin to separate our hearts from money and set them on the One who really provides. It’s not an easy task or goal and will definitely take work and commitment. I won’t change overnight and neither will you. And in this world, there will probably always be some degree of well, worldliness. But every effort and stride we make toward realizing and accepting God’s promises will change our hearts more and more toward Him. Then one day, everything else will simply fade away, and we’ll be more than ready for it.
Do you often find your focus to be money or material things? If so, does this passage cause you to feel conviction? Take some time to reflect on this verse and weigh it against your own heart.
For a heart that’s free from loving anything or anyone but Jesus.
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