It’s just there when we wake up every day. Waiting on our cell phones, computers and more. A singular message, a single word, subtly working to win our hearts.
The world’s whispers of “More” fill our every waking moment. More money, clothes, food, sex, recognition, status, pleasure, comfort, lovers. The message, you always need more.
Within this devious message, like bait on a fishhook, is a darker veiled inference that, “you will never find satisfaction or fulfillment without more.” Like moths to a flame, droves of people are biting the hook every day.
The thing is, like all hooks, there’s a barb, and once you’re on the hook, it’s hard to get free!
The Way Out is to Get Lost.
C. S. Lewis wrote,
“A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”
I love this concept, but why shouldn’t all of us, men and women alike, focus our on God so deeply that the things of the world become less important and fade away?
We all have legitimate demands on our time, jobs, family, children, God, but why is God at the end of the list for so many of us; shouldn’t he be first?
The way we prioritize our time shows what we value most. In 1st John 2:15–16, John describes how putting the world first drives a wedge between the disciple and God.
“Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world — wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important — has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out — but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.”
Your possessions, status, and position are temporal and passing, but ever so seductive. We see the fruit of falling under their spell in the Parable of the Rich Fool in Luke 12:16–19.
In this passage, a landowners harvest is so abundant, he retires to live off his bounty. However, that same night, God comes to him and says, “Fool, tonight you die, then who gets your barn full of goods!”
Press into God
In Mark 9:41 we see how we don’t have to do big things in order to serve God ,
“If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, that person will surely be rewarded.”
And again in James 1:27 we see God’s priorities,
“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
Not a word on having a big house or high-paying job. Jesus wants us to love people, not things. I used to help bring meals to the homeless on the inner city streets in both Cleveland, Ohio and Manaus, Brazil. I never went home, not feeling like I’d received far more than I’d given.
Come alongside what God’s already doing, and contentment and joy will follow.
None of us get it right all the time. Even the Apostle Paul considered himself the worst of sinners.
Your walk with Jesus is a marathon, and you live it one day at a time. Do a little better each day. Forgive your own failings and those of others by releasing them to Jesus. Put Jesus first; become part of what God is doing every chance you get.
Do your best to always seek His ways, and the call of the world will fade from your heart and hearing because you have learned to be content in Him, and found true, eternal fulfillment.