You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. Psalm 91:13

Fighting for the Eternal Perspective

We value stuff way too much. We are obsessed with stuff way too much.  I find myself so often getting caught up on little things, iPhones, TV shows, sports, relationships, school, family; the list goes on and on.  And let me be straight all of those things are good and some are even great, but seriously, have you looked at how society values them? If the news decided what was important I would think that whoever wins the election gets to be the messiah and the coming of his kingdom will be Apple, and all who buy their stock will be saved from hellfire and Sandy. Do you get me?  Can I rant? Can you stop me?

This election is important for different reasons, but it is not ultimate. There were great countries before us and likely there will be great ones after us. America is not God’s chosen people. Honestly, it feels like America needs to at large repent. I’m not saying don’t be political. Don’t forget you are a citizen of the Kingdom of God first, and a party affiliate second.  By all means have views, you have that freedom, but don’t let it cover up your true identity as a son or daughter of God and don’t let it shut out His light for this world. The fact is that’s why we are here, to make him known. To make DISCIPLES, not converts of ALL NATIONS (including Palestine, I’m not pulling punches tonight.). Are we doing this?  Or are we living and dying on every vote cast? Is it not God’s hand that raises kings and brings them down? Is it not done for His purpose that His glory might be made known?

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up
kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have
understanding Daniel 2:21

The Lord is my strength and my shield my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7

Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust. Isaiah 40:15

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4

I love my family and I deeply love my girlfriend. And yet I keep finding myself worrying about both of them.  I stress over their words and their actions and I’m trying so hard to be a good son and brother and boyfriend. All of this while trying to make sure I represent Christ and speak life into both.  It’s easy to be obsessed with it and tell ourselves it’s alright because it’s for a noble and good thing. It’s not. It’s pride and idolatry folks.  A regenerated heart, one that is being fed by the Word and the Spirit, aims to do good. It does so freely, not because of moral expectations or God-given commands but because of that is the natural inclination of the heart and soul working as it was originally intended to.  So here is the thing, when I stress and worry and micromanage my relationships, I try to take control and make the Spirit ride shotgun. My pride tells me I can handle this and I know better. I don’t though. In addition to all of this, I can’t control or change my relationships. It’s God who does those things. I can’t even change myself, why would I think I could do it to someone else? All I can be is open to how God moves in me and let him reflect that to others.

The Lord is my strength and my shield my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

I enjoy my iPhone. Granted, it’s a dusty, outdated, dinosaur that you probably never heard of called the 4s. I enjoy my Xbox and I enjoy my laptop and my car too. The thing is, if I lost those things, say in a fire, I’d be pretty upset… for about a month. Then besides an occasional thought back, I’ll have already adapted and moved on. Life will mostly be the same.  Why then do I and so many others obsess over these items? They are trinkets.  They are shiny, and they have value. But beyond skin-deep purposes they hold nothing.  We put these things up on a pedestal and they never satisfy us. We are so desperate for the next thing. It’s fleeting. We never even actually get the satisfaction of them, because the moment we get what we want, we are already deeply aware that its beginning the progress of becoming old to us. Do we not have a God who when see Him as the true value, becomes to us infinite, eternal satisfaction? Yes, we do. His Son came that we might have life in abundance. That requires seeing him as the true value though.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Matthew 6:19-24

Here is where it gets real though.  One day, this country will be gone; along with Romney, Obama, Arkansas, you, me, and everyone else. We won’t even be remembered. My girlfriend and my family will be gone. All of my stuff, it’ll have broken, rusted, and be gone too. The bible says that both heaven and earth will pass away, Christ’s words will not however. The clock is ticking down second by second. All things are coming to an end.  When it ends, I don’t know, that’s why it’s so important. The Son is coming back like a thief in the night. It horrifies me to think at that time I could be more concerned with things that I cannot change, things I cannot keep, and things that have no eternal value. All the while, the invitation has been given to reap eternal rewards and treasures and invest in souls that won’t perish. Enjoy the things he gives you but pleases don’t lose sight of what matters. Lord, increase our faith. Break our hands to remove the things we needlessly hold on to so tightly and help us to fix our eyes on you and eternity.

As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4

Much Love,

Luke

‘He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.’ – Jim Elliot, martyred missionary to Ecuador

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

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