Sitting around a living room with friends I have come to love, talking about God and the Bible, is one of my favorite things about church. The other week it was Matthew 6, next week it’s discipleship, and the next we begin looking at James.
The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. Matthew 6:21 The Message
Treasure: something of great worth or value, a collection of precious things.
Lately I have been prompted to consider the choices I make. Choices that result in my personal collection of precious things. Does my collection please my Heavenly Father? Does the treasure I keep excite Him? I really want it too.
I think freedom is embracing how He wired me to be, and choosing accordingly, with no fear of how others perceive me or the perfectionistic pressure culture might try to place on me.
It’s amazing how distorted my thinking can be sometimes… in the name of self-discipline, of course.
Body image and the number on the scale is an example of that distorted thinking.
This one was a tough one for me to admit here, honesty time, but I hope and pray it inspires and encourages others toward Jesus.
In the name of good stewardship of my ‘temple,’ being disciplined, and a competent and capable athlete, body image became an ultimate thing for me.
I’ve written about this so many times, and have come a long way thanks to Almighty God, but this time, everything in me has shifted.
Looking back, I see clearly.
Internal stillness takes practice. It is the fruit of hiddenness — a life that’s lived looking at God, a life of wonder in Him — and it needs to be cultivated. Sara Hagerty, Unseen
Do you ever feel tempted to make your relationship with God about appearances or productivity?
It can sometimes happen unknowingly, and the mindset shift can be stealthy. It sometimes happens under the guise of church activity or mentorship, even bible study and service.
God continues to bring the story of Mary and Martha in Luke to my mind.
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
Martha, perhaps busying herself with tasks she had deemed more important than gazing at Jesus. She might have even had that internal warring going on many of us can relate to: so many people in my home, it needs to be clean…. I need to appear productive and making things happen…. I wonder what that person is thinking about me… These things need to be done first, then I’ll listen to Jesus.
Can you relate?
The tendency to believe the lie that work done for God is more important than my friendship with and love for Him.
But I think a greater truth is that our unseen time with Him is what makes all the difference.