What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Mark 8:36
Our family engaged in a little clean-the-house-together game over the weekend (much to everyone’s delight). I was in cleaning the kids bathroom (how I drew that stick I don’t know) when I heard God speak to my heart. It happened about the moment I realized I would soon need a POWER STRIP to plug in my six kiddos electric toothbrushes!
He knows the desires of my heart and lately they have gotten a little off kilter. I could complain that we need another bathroom in our home or I could be thankful I only have the one to clean. Could I have been seeking God lately more for what He could give me rather than what He wants to be to me?
God reminded me that His Word says He knows the desires of my heart and no good thing does He with hold from those who love Him. Also those that delight in Him receive the desires of their hearts. Thus I needed to check where my delight was resting…in the fact that God could give me an extra bathroom (amongst other material wantings) or was it resting in the great I AM that promises to be all that I need, all the time? If God has not granted some of my wishings it only means that they are really not what is the very best thing for me. I need to step back and ask that God give me more of His perspective and trust that in His time and in His way He will reveal it.
Dear Jesus, lift my eyes. I know that anything this temporary world has to offer is a low blow to the purpose for which You have for my life. Let Your kingdom be what wakes me up and lays me down. Don’t let me become distracted and gain this world yet lose my soul. And God please forgive me… I am thankful that my children get to have electric toothbrushes AND I already have an extra power strip in the garage. Let that remind me that YOU are all the power I will ever need.
Independent Read/Listen: Toby Mac “Lose My Soul”, Psalm 84:11, Psalm 37:4, Matthew 6:20-21