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True Treasure

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"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” - Matthew 6:24

God gave me a Mustang once. I’m not kidding.

That was a beautiful car. She was almost exactly what I had always wanted - dark blue, black leather interior, manual transmission, incredible sound system… I could go on and on about how awesome this car was. And I say it was God who gave me the Mustang, too - It was no coincidence. The discovery, the timing, the incredible deal I got... I’m convinced it was by His hand, and I'm not being sarcastic! He just reached down out of Heaven and fulfilled my desires - my dream car, virtually handed to me, by my Father in Heaven!

Then I traded her a bit more than a year later.

You see, among other things, I was the only one in my family of four drivers that could work a stick shift - and we needed a car that we could all share. And if you think it was easy to give her up, well… I still vividly, sadly, remember the day I handed over the keys.

But you know what? God’s blessing wasn’t in the car, and I didn’t find that out until a month or so later. I was driving down the road and saw another Mustang passing by. But instead of jealously or bitterness, my heart welled up with thanksgiving. I poured out to God right then and there, thanking Him for the time He allowed me to have that car. Sounds silly, right? But that led me further down the path to realize just how much He has blessed me with - my family, my church, my “stuff” ...it was all a blessing from God. Far from the spoiled believer I could be, God had tested my heart and created in me a better perspective on which treasures are truly valuable.

The thought of a material thing grabbing hold of my heart is terrifying! Jesus gave us clear warning that love of this world and all it’s stuff is a huge wall that can keep us from the relationship with God that brings true satisfaction and contentment. My goal is to have nothing more important in this life than that relationship.

Now, I won’t deny that the desire to get another Mustang still resides inside me. But I’m content in the very center of my soul that, if it never happens, my God still loves me, and continues to bless me in much, much more meaningful ways!

Thank you, God...

  • For my life, in all it’s bumps and bruises
  • For my family, and the love we share
  • For my church, and my place to serve
  • For my stuff, and the reminder it is of You as my loving Father, providing all my needs - and so much more
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Extra-Ordinary

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We are called to be extra-ordinary.

For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. Philippians 2:13

In The Last Day's Newsletter, Leonard Ravenhill tells about a group of tourists visiting a picturesque village who walked by an old man sitting beside a fence. In a rather patronizing way, one tourist asked, "Were any great men born in this village?" The old man replied, "Nope, only babies." A frothy question brought a profound answer.

There are no instant heroes... whether in this world or in the kingdom of God. Growth takes time, and as 1Timothy 3:6 and 5:22 point out, even spiritual leadership is a maturing process. 

The disciples were extraordinary: ordinary men with something “extra”.

That something extra is actually something common to all believers, it’s part of our spiritual DNA.  The apostle Paul (very extraordinary) tells us; "For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose." (Phil. 2:13). 

In moving from ordinary to extra-ordinary we must surrender to the work of God with in us and expect great things to happen. This is God “enabling” you. Your desires will match God's desires. Your work will line up with God's work, and greatness will follow for His kingdom and glory. So how does God enable us?

It’s inspiring to talk about being extraordinary, but how do you actual become this kind of person? Philippians 2 answers this questions by demonstrating how Jesus humbled himself and became obedient even unto death. We must humble ourselves before our almighty Father and become obedient to his will, in keeping with Philippians 1:1-16. This is extraordinary.

Parting Thoughts:

  • Ask God to show you your pride and beg God to make you humble. This is not a five-minute prayer but an everyday discovery.
  • Ask God to reveal any area where you have resisted his will.
  • Repent and become obedient.

I know this is very difficult to the “flesh”, but that’s why so few people become extraordinary. You can do this. When you do, according to Philippians 2, God will raise you up and bless you with Greatness…His presence. That’s extraordinary!

Mack

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