Thoughts and convictions have pinged around my mind since our return from Haiti and back to regular US life.
How can I continue to live like this? With stuff, so much stuff, while others suffer in the world?
Is that what Jesus wants from me? If not, what does He want?
The stuff. It distracts. Keeps us from focusing on Jesus. Keeps us from relying on Him for our every need.
The desire for more fuels our actions and motives. More money, more food, more pretty clothes, more furniture, new cars, and yes, more ministries.
What would happen if we stopped the more? Stopped the excess? If we changed our focus from things and turned our heads toward Christ and said, “Lord, I trust you to provide what I need.”
It can be done. It’s being done in other countries, in other cultures. Where they don’t have a refrigerator or an oven or lights because they don’t have power. The only clothes they own are those on their backs, and yet, they are clothed. Sneakers that are the wrong size cover the feet and provide protection just the same by smashing down the back of the shoe and shoving a foot in.
The more we purchase, the more we desire. When our hearts are longing for more things to fill our homes, our closets, our cupboards, the less we are focusing on Christ.
It is one of satan’s favorite tools in the USA.
We have the power to fight back. To say, “no more!” To reduce. Refocus. And give.
Do we really need 24 towels in the cupboards? Or 52 outfits in the closets? Are 13 pairs of shoes necessary? Or how about 15 cans of tomato soup stocked in the pantry?
The simple answer is, no.
No, we don’t need to have all of those things. We don’t.
Because when we decide that we really only need 3 pairs of shoes, we stop looking for another pair of shoes. If we have all we need for the week in the cupboards to provide our family’s meals, we stop looking to purchase additional food items, on sale or not.
We refocus our attention and desires on the One who will provide everything we need and sometimes, even the little extras as a blessing.
What extras can you do without? Do you need to have cable television? What could you do with that extra money? Could it feed an orphan or provide power for an orphanage? Support a missionary?
“For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.’ Deuteronomy 15:11
How do you plan to refocus your wants and desires? Do you find the need and want for things to be a distraction in your life? How much is too much? Does God want us to have more in our homes than we need? Share your thoughts in the comments below.