Stuff: Sacrifice or Sanctify?

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Hayward Wesleyan Church

Making Room for Life Series

Scripture Reference
Mark 8:34-36

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We want more, more, more…the whole world. What we have is not enough. As soon as we have something we want more.

But you know what I have found? Perhaps you have as well…things do not satisfy. Getting a new car is great…a wonderful feeling, but after about a month of babying the thing…it becomes just a car. Or the Mac mini computer…I suppose it is great to have one, but it is still just a computer.

You see, things do not satisfy…I want the whole world, at the cost of my soul.

Spirituality is measured by how you live your life, in real actual life. Fruit.

This is a gradual process…half of the battle to rid your life of distractions and clutter is recognizing it. Psychologists speak of naming the issue or distraction, thus eliminating the power-base that issue has over you.

But Jesus calls us to lay it down. Not stuff it in the junk drawer of our lives, our soul, but lay it at the foot of the cross, the real, ultimate, unlimited junk drawer. Sacrifice it. Nail it. Kill it. Put it to rest. Let it go.

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me” (Jesus in Mark 8:34).