If you know my wife, she loves to shop, and when she shops she loves to touch everything. She will say, “I want to see that,” which means she want’s to touch that. ( Jason, my BFF, just interrupted my blogging.) We all like to hold things, to see if we like the feel, the weight, the smell, or what ever. It’s not just looks, but if a bond is formed while holding, its the experiencing of.. So it is with the things of God. We want to hold, feel, touch, try it on, see if it fits, and if a bond is formed. We want to experience it.. But most of the time it’s never holding, feeling, but seeing from a Distance. Never really holding, but sometimes feeling. Never really seeing, but catching glimpses from afar. “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” and “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things Not Seen.” So, we have these moments when we sense, pause and hear the echo of our souls longing for a home more glorious than this we have. Wanting to be Clothed in something non parishable, more than this latest fad. Yes, We all want to touch, feel, smell, experience, this life God has called us to. But the cares of this world drown the sounds of heaven from us. The things of this world numbs our touch of the world not seen; our eyes become weary of looking, but never seeing. Our ears become dull of listening without ever hearing.
“I want to see that.” It forever echos in my walk of faith.
“These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.”(Hebrews 11:13-15 ESV)
What is it about this Scripture that makes you think, ponder, or wonder? “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and thieves do not break in and steal for where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
I have never really thought about this than that we aren’t suppose to have alot of Stuff of Earth. I have taken it to say, “Hey, Do I really need that??” And that’s fine, because we aren’t suppose to “Love this world or things of this world.” 1 John 2:15 “For if anyone loves the world and things of the world the love of the Father isn’t in him.” The Stuff of Earth is not eternal. We are not taking it with us when we die. We can enjoy it now, and that’s fine, but at what cost? We sacrifice the Things of Heaven for the stuff of Earth. So, what are the Things of Heaven? If we understand this it would help us not to see just the stuff of earth, the things to be bought and collected, but The Things of Heaven, which are eternal, People! Think about it. What matters to God? What does He care about? What did Jesus die for? Why did God send His only Son into the world?? “For God so loved the World, the people, that He sent His only Son, that who soever believes, adheres and trusts in Him will not perish, but have Eternal Life.” John 3:16 Amplified. So the only thing that is eternal are People!!!! Alan Hirsch said, “We must decide wether we would prefer to gather treasures for earthly living or invest in heavenly treasure, being rich toward God. And the only things that will last forever are not even things; they are people. So if we desire to lay up treasures in heaven we need to look to how we can affect the lives of others.” God is Love, “By this we know that we are in him.. that we walk in the same manner as He walked.” 1 John 2:4-6 How did Jesus walk??? He was “moved with compassion.” He “loved him very much.” ” When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matt 9:36 “Came to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10 If we are going to store up the Things (Treasures) of Heaven, then we have to invest in people. Otherwise we are just collecting stuff of earth, and “the world and all it’s stuff are passing away, but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:15-17
Ever smelled fresh baked bread?? Bread has this character about it that when you smell it you begin to salavate and want it. The aroma feels the room, and no matter if you are hungry or not, you want to to taste it. The great thing about bread is it can come in so many different ways: French Toast, French Loaf, Italian, or in dessert form: Cinnoman, fruit filled, glazed, ect… (makes me want to bake now. Leslie, Where are you?) Jesus came saying, ” I am the Bread of Life.” Also, John 6:51, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” Then at the last supper, He also took the bread and broke is saying, “This is my body which is broken for you.”
We have tasted the bread and its left us wanting more, but the bread is not just for us to hold on to. It’s not fo us to stockpile and hoard. It’s been made to share; to break and give to others. If we are getting our Bread daily then others should be smelling the freshness of what is rising, and in smelling they should be wanting to taste. In tasting they should be made full. To often we aren’t getting our bread fresh. To often we are not giving it to others. Oh we will share them the recipe at times, or tell them where to go to find it, but never taking from what we have to give to others.
Let us be that frangrence as Paul writes, “a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.” and “to those that are being saved, A fragrant of Life to Life.”
The Desire of your Heart
A Scripture I have always loved and cherished, Psalms 34:7 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the Desires of your heart.” I have always taken it that if I seek God, He will give me what ever I want or desire, like a Genie in a bottle. But something our pastor said made me stop and rethink the other day. What if our hearts desire is to know God? What if like the Psalmist wrote, “one thing I have asked of the Lord, That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all my days of my life and behold the beauty of the Lord.” What if that was our desire? Even God said, “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for me with all your HEART.” And there are so many more.
So, What I was thinking is, if our heart’s desire is to know Him, then He will grant to us the ability to Know Him. Not just know about Him, but to KNOW Him.. And then that allows Christ into our Hearts, when He gets into our Hearts we change. When He gets into our hearts, then He gives to us HIS Desires.. “HE will Give to You the Desires of your heart.” God starts giving us desires, hopes and dreams; (which maybe totally different than what we wanted.) He starts planting in us what He wants. He starts fashioning us as He wishes, as Paul writes in Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who is at work in you bot the WILL and to WORK for His good pleasure.” We become that which He molds and Makes and we are no longer living for ourselves but for that which we were created for.
For it’s God who is at work for His good pleasure, “Christ in you, the Hope of Glory.”