Are You Really Free? – Sunday Thought For The Day
Not long ago I sat one evening as I often do, thinking about the Lord and meditating on verses of scripture I had read that morning. Over the course of a couple days following that evening, I gave more thought to what was important in this world.
I used to collect sports memorabilia, comic books, sporting cards, and old Bibles. I also collected vintage automobiles, both foreign and domestic. Today, nearly all of those things are gone. But as I sat thinking, I thought how liberating it was to no longer have those things.
You see, without realizing it, I had become a slave and prisoner to those things. I was a prisoner to protecting them, cleaning them, collecting them, also searching for one that was more desirable than the one I already had. I was always on a mission to get more of those things, even though at the end of the day they ended up being little more than mausoleum pieces.
Until that moment it hadn’t really occurred to me how liberated I was without them. Every single item I had collected over the years was going to be stay behind when I left this earth. And even more sobering than that, every single item I had placed so much value upon was going to be burned to nothingness, when the final chapter of prophecy is come and that which is upon the earth is destroyed by fire. (See: 2 Peter 3:10-12 KJV)
As I sat thinking, I realized that without trying as we define the effort of trying to do, be or become something – my relationship with things had grown more unimportant as my relationship with God deepened. The more I fell in love with my God and my Savior the more less value I placed upon things that no matter what I did to preserve them, had absolutely no eternal value.
It is a fact that I enjoyed those things during the period of time I possessed them; but the closer I grew to Christ the less important those things became.
I have reached the point in my walk with Christ that the most important things for me are those things which have eternal quality. Whether I pass from this life in death or I am gathered together in the air with other believers when the Lord returns for His Church – I want to leave behind that which has eternity written into it and brings people to Christ.
We may not realize it at the moment, but we are slaves to that which is important to us, which is why Paul could say he was a slave for Christ. (See: Titus 1:1 KJV)
READ:Matthew 6:19-24 King James Version
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here