Real Love Leads to Abundance
Posted on July 30, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21 ESV)
“I’m living my best life!” This is a common phrase these days all over social media. Attached to it are photos of trips to exotic places. Or it’s the caption to picture fawning over a new vehicle.
At first, I was resistant to this notion because the worldly connotation associates it with unbiblical values. Yet through a sermon, not too long ago, I was reminded that indeed God does want us to have the “best life.” He wants us to have a blessed life!
John 10:10 (ESV), “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
The life Christ refers to is one of vigor and devotion to God. Christ lived and died for the sole purpose that we could live a life in communion with God both now and for eternity.
It’s tempting to lust after the nice house, clothes, money… appliances. (Yes, I’m a sucker for shiny new appliances!) Then I realize none of those things ever brought me the magnitude of peace and joy I experience when spending time with our Lord. In fact, most of those items bring more headaches and anxiety than they’re worth. Proverbs 10:22 tells us The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And he adds no sorrow with it.
Christ’s love, and our fellowship with God, is the abundant blessing of this life. Can you imagine experiencing some of the hardships in your life without the Father’s hand? The disappointment, heartache, and trials of life often are unbearable without Christ. Christ is to be the purpose, goal, and focus of our lives. He’s the treasure for which our heart is forever searching and pining. Ironically, He’s hidden right in plain sight ready to be found.
Written by Diera Shaw-Mendez: Diera Shaw-Mendez is thrilled to be part of the team at Barbara’s Place. She is wife to Chaplain Juan Mendez and mama to Olivia, Sage, and Orlando. She enjoys worshiping at church, designing, event planning, and cooking. Diera is a God-fearing, Starbucks loving, tech junkie (…in that order!) who simply wants to remind women of God’s unchanging, healing love.
Think About This: “For you who wonder if you’ve played too long to change, take courage from Jacob’s legacy. No man is too bad for God. To transform a riverboat gambler into a man of faith would be no easy task. But for God, it was all in a night’s work.” – Max Lucado
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: 13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ -1 Peter 1:13
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