midnight snacks

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 destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

Where is your treasure? Is it your family? Your ministry? Your kids? Of course not! We don’t think that literally. Not one of us wants to have an idol. The first and second commandments speak directly against it. (1. I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other God’s before me. 2. You shall not make for yourself an idol) No, if any one of us has a desire to please God, we spend a big part of our lives putting aside the things that can typicallly become idols..money, security, our plans, the approval of others ……the things that put us at war against God’s desire for us to have intimacy with Him, trusting Him for our provision, absolute surrender to His will.

Moths are not as popular as butterflies, though they come from the same insect family. Moths are usually gray, brown and cream, not as bright as the beautiful butterflies, and they’re quite hairy. They are typically at rest during daylight hours. So basically, it’s the same insect, unless you look at it in the light. You need the light to discern if it’s a beautiful butterfly, or the moth that comes to snack on your clothes in the closet. Without light, we may not be able to tell the difference between the two.

I think we can get confused about where our treasures are in the same way we can be unable discern which is the moth and which is the butterfly. Without the light of His word, we can easily get our treasures mixed up. Hanging onto a gift God has given us, rather than having our treasure, our true fulfillment in Him. What is your treasure? Is it your freedom? A relationship? A heart’s desire or even a desire for ministry? If we get ourselves twisted up in what we want here on earth, we can let something that appears to be a beautiful butterfly, come in and eat away at our ultimate treasure, our relationship with God.

peace to you…
-a

masquerade

Ephesians 4:1-6

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit,just as you were called in one hope of our calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all and in you all.”

Depending on our mood, sometimes, these words can make us feel even more hopeless. How can we possibly be unified? There are billions of people on the earth. I sometimes have difficulty getting along with my friends, how much more so the people I don’t spend much time with? How can God ask for unity? Remember again, this is Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus. Good works, patience, sound doctrine are all commended in his letters, but a weakness within the church was a loss of love and backsliding.

Sometimes, we can muster all the kindness we can, yet still have difficulty coming to agreement. Unity does not mean betraying your own sense of what God is speaking so that the status quo is not disturbed. That usually causes a great deal of unrest in your own soul…no peace for you. In these scriptures, God is saying, bear with one another patiently. Work together. By the strength and grace of His Holy Spirit, we can be unified. Unified in a sense that we have the Spirit of God living in us and that He can work unity, forgiveness, and love in a way that we, as fallen creatures can only masquerade for moments.

Paul goes on to say in verse 7, “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” In verse 11, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers , for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God,”

There’s so much more in this chapter, continue reading it, absorbing it when you have time. We’re all different, with different gifts and callings, but God calls us to love and work together, when we may not feel much love for one another. Offenses, unforgiveness, resentment, they all take a toll on our ability to see beyond the temporal moment at hand to the eternal wonder of God’s Spirit working; healing and bringing us together in His Name.

May the wonder of His grace keep you in awe this day… 🙂

-a