This week’s lesson was on the prison of want. As you know I am teaching from a book called Traveling Light by Max Lucado. This week’s burden that we need to let go of is the burden of WANT. WANT can be a prison all in itself. We always want something bigger, Nicer, Faster, and Thinner. We want. We don’t want much just “one thing”. We want one new job, one new car, one new house, and we don’t want much just one thing. We say we will be happy if we get just one more thing. Then we get those things and the new car smell disappears, the new job gets old and we end up breaking parole and ending up back in the prison of WANT.
The secret to getting out of the prison of WANT is one scripture verse and that is Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my Shepherd: I shall not want. David has found the pasture where discontent goes to die. It’s as if he is saying “What I have in God is greater than what I don’t have in life.”
There are a couple of things we need to remember and one of them is “our stuff is not ours”. Ask any coroner. Ask any embalmer. Ask any funeral home director. No one takes anything with them. Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands. Eccles.5:15
The second thing is “it’s not you”. Who you are has nothing to do with the clothes you wear or the car you drive. Jesus said Speaking to the people; he went on, "Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot."Luke 12:15. Heaven does not know you as the fellow with the nice suit or the woman with the big house or the kid with the new bike. Heaven knows your heart. When God thinks of you, He may see your compassion, your devotion, your tenderness or quick mind, but he doesn’t think of your things.
We must be content with what we have whether a little or a lot, Paul says in Phil 4:11-12 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.
We need to know what we have in our Shepherd. We have a God who hears us, the power of love behind us, the Holy Spirit within us, and all of heaven ahead of us. If you have the Shepherd, you have grace for every sin, direction for every turn, a candle for every corner, and an anchor for every storm. You have everything you need.
We must be content and to be content we must always remember;
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”
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