Daily Lent Devotional #7 (March 15, 2011)

1 John 2: 15-17    (New Living Translation)

15 “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”

In the spirit of Sesame Street, the letter for today’s devotional is ” T “. 🙂

When we look at how we relate to the “stuff” of our life, things are at their worst when we view the things we own as treasures, because then they become trappings.  We no longer own them, they own us and will fill us with the never-ending desire for more of the same.  It’s a self-absorbed uphill battle and quest, always looking for MORE.

Just a step below on this “danger scale”, is when we view the stuff of life as toys.  There is joy and happiness in life to be found and joy is the main item on the menu of Heaven. However, when we too regularly turn to and depend on material possessions for our happiness and fulfillment, things can become unhealthy in a hurry.  Our stuff can be our primary source of comfort and escape from the difficulties of life, rather than turning to God and to other people.  Our toys can become our treasures very easily.

Things work best for us and our relationship with God when we view our stuff as tools.  Everything that we have been given (personality gifts, spiritual gifts, and material possessions) are ultimately on-loan for God to be used for the building of His Kingdom and to give Him glory.  We come from a humble heart, as if we are borrowing these “tools” from His Toolshed…knowing that the day will come when this life will end and everything will be returned to Him.  We have a healthy understanding of pride (knowing that we’re a part of His Big Story), but not arrogance (since everything is a gift).

To conclude today’s devotional, here’s what has been called the “Abandonment Prayer” from someone who turned his back on worldly wealth and possessions…Charles de Foucauld:

Father,

I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures.
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to you
with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands,
without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.

Amen.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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