Though I am free to do anything, how do those things do something for me that empowers me or makes me stronger or wiser? Interesting question for our times. No one is even forcing me to do anything, am free, but what is best for me?
You say, “I am allowed to do anything”–but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. Paul speaking in 1 Cor 6:12 New Living Translation.
The other day one of my clients was describing a designer chair worth over £2000 pounds (gulp, really?) in a matter of fact way. I resisted the urge to say something, surely you can spend that on another xyz, not sure what as she has everything, by all appearances. But then again, she can afford to spend that amount on chairs. She went on to describe how the place she has positioned the chair needs a second twin chair, but there was a cheaper chair in its place. ….really.
This is the point of this little story. She clearly said, the cheaper chair is taking the place of a more expensive or designer chair. Until she moved it and found a suitable place for the cheaper chair, she could not buy the new chair.
So she decided to sell off the cheaper chair. (You must be thinking she could afford to give it away) She is a smart savvy homemaker that would teach any business lessons in money management. She has investments around the world that she manages and does not even carry a business title. Her home is filled with valuable items, and she was a working class type of lady. Everything in her home has great value. She collected all of them over a period of time.
The second tip from this story is, until we can move out of a cheaper alternative lifestyle, there is no room for a designer lifestyle. What is a designer lifestyle? The one God planned for you and has already set in motion, but you cannot find it, unless you are paying attention to His voice, within your spirit man. Listening to our human desires, causes any of us to experience a life less than God’s best. Doing everything possible to satisfy a temporary desire or need, is a distraction from discovering a long-term satisfying lifestyle, designer made for you alone.
There is no room for comparing with others and wanting what they have or do, each of us are uniquely designed to fulfill our assignment, in our lifetime. Now that takes courage.
Getting ready for God’s best requires then, the courage to leave an old mindset and follow Christ. Despite popular belief, following Christ is neither extreme, on the scale. It’s neither extreme poverty nor extreme wealth. It’s balanced, more than enough, so that none of His followers get caught up or settle in either of these situations, for then they cannot hear His fresh instructions.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Heb 4:12
Paying careful attention to God’s word, helps us discover what is really in our hearts, what we need to leave behind to press in to all God has for us, an extraordinary life.
Whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure without fear of evil.