The Value of Trash

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J:

Why do you cast away your trash but not your wallet? Is not your trash of more value than your wallet? Which when used often causes sin to fall upon you? Or to have previously fallen upon Him who died? 

C:

If Jesus said to cast a limb from ourselves if it keeps us from Heaven, much more should we take into account ‘casting away’ material things.(Matt 18:8-9)

J:

For the wallet is more than often used to distract from God and His will (Matt 7:21-23). It is an object that causes greed, which causes death (Proverbs 1:19).

Most assuredly, your wallet will not enter the kingdom of God, and since it will not enter, it will not want you to enter either lest its only companion is lost. (Matt 5:29-30)

C:

The solution? As a daily practice, we must use our wallet both cautiously and sparingly in order to glorify God and seek God’s will in how to use it. We must pray and seek God’s will, through His Word and Fellowship, upon how He wants us to use it, it is a difficult task, I can see why the group of disciples Jesus sent out were instructed to not carry a money bag. (Luke 10:4)

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Verses

2 Corinthians 4:18: “…we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Ecclesiastes 5:10: He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver;
Nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.

Proverbs 1:19: So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.”

More on $ ( https://connordefehr.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/if-i-had-a-million-dollars-i-wouldnt-be-satisfied/ )

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Life as a brick wall

Often in the Christian walk, we are told ‘Don’t do this’ but rarely are we told what to do in its place.

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1. Sand vs Concrete

I like to think about it like a brick wall. When you decide to not do something, you’re taking out a brick from your wall, or life. Without replacing that brick with something better, you will undoubtedly fall back into that sin; if you don’t, you will not feel complete.

These bricks that we use on our own are weak ones, made of sand; they’re just filler and don’t have any strength to uphold us. They look good on the outside, but they often get crushed under the weight of other bricks and the sand falls when the wall is nudged. Then we have to replace them.

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2. A brick for a brick

We must seek out the power of Jesus to replace these bricks that we put in our lives with concrete ones that are unshakable.

-Instead of hungering for bacon, we are to hunger for more of God’s Word (John 4:31-34).

-Instead of lusting after women, we are to lust after knowing Jesus more (Matthew 5:28).

-Instead of thirsting for ‘strong drink’ (Proverbs 31:6), we are made to thirst for the living water that Jesus gives (John 4:14).

-Instead of seeking happiness, which is based on happenings, we are to seek the joy that only Christ can give in all circumstances, resting in the fact that while we endure tribulation, Christ has overcome the world (James 1:2-3, John 16:33).

-Instead of longing to hear words of the world, we must long to hear words from the Spirit through others.

-Instead of being caught up in the fantasy of video games, we must get caught up in the fantasy the God has laid out for us in the Bible and in our lives when we’ve dedicated out lives to Him (after all, there’s some crazy stuff that’s gonna happen and that already is happening!).

-Instead of praising idols, like our sports teams, we are to shift our praise to God for what He’s done for us through Jesus (John 4:23)(way better than what our sports teams have done for us!).

-Instead of serving mammon, we are called to serve God (Matthew 6:24, 4:10).

-Instead of seeking our will, we are called to seek His kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

-Instead of idolizing our family, we are to idolize Jesus (Matthew 10:37).

These are only a fraction of the bricks Jesus can provide for us when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior and let Him take control of our lives.

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3. Where do I start?!

Whenever we think about not doing something, we must first seek Jesus; rather than thinking about what not to do, let us think about what we can do through Jesus Christ alone. When we learn to replace the longings in our lives that are in the flesh with Jesus, there’s nothing He can’t do through us (Matthew 17:20-21).*

As we learn about God’s character and what He can do for us, our faith is strengthened as we believe He can be our refuge, comfort, strength, energy, provider, rock, and so much more. I invite you to read through God’s Word, including, but not limited to, many of the Psalms and a Gospel, to learn about all the things God promises He can do/be for us for we who have faith He is able.

If I had a million dollars, I wouldn’t be satisfied.

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Is it good for people to fulfill their desires of hope?

When I make a backing track on Youtube for someone to record vocals over ‘You and I’ or make a video promoting the purchase of the top Electric Upright Bass on the market, it is making the chance slightly better that someone will pursue God. Why? Let’s consider a story first:

1. Story

“A little boy has decided to go out and get some baseball cards. Once he figures out that there is one that is the best, he makes the decision that he won’t stop until he gets Babe Ruth. So he keeps buying cards every weekend, spending all his allowance on it.” Now let’s stop and think, what if the little boy never got the card? He would think that when he got that card, he would be fulfilled. So his hope would still be in that card. If he got it, however, then he would quickly realize that he was putting his energy and getting his life/hope from something useless and unfulfilling. (Ecclesiastes 5:10-11)

2. Biblical relations

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Think about the story of Solomon in the Bible. He got everything he could from this world, riches, knowledge, wisdom, food, a big house, tons of wives, and lots of other stuff. He states, “all was vanity and grasping for the wind.”  (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11)

Matthew 6:21 says “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Think about where you have treasure. Nearly everyone has treasure on earth; but we must, rather, shift to the mindset that we are merely passing through this world.

In John 18:36, Jesus reminds us He is not of this world; otherwise, his servants would defend Him. Often, we defend something other than ourselves: our stuff, which is of way less value than ourselves.

Hebrews 2:7 reminds us of this saying God has made us “a little lower than the angels”, crowned us with glory and honor, and set us over the works of His hands.

3. The sooner, the better.

Many people think that once they get a lot of likes or thumbs ups on youtube for a singing video, then they will be filled up; not so. The sooner they can find that out, the better; it’s something they can cross off of their ‘fulfillment list’(maybe ‘bucket’ list). Some people also think that once they buy the next thing, an Electric Upright Bass(the best one), then they will be satisfied; not so. The sooner they can find that out, the better. In this sense, it would be better for people (specifically non-believers) to experience all the possibilities of things that could fill them up so that they could see it wasn’t fulfilling.

Regrettably, people go through their whole lives in hope thinking they never were fulfilled because they didn’t get that one house, when they don’t realize they wouldn’t have gotten filled up in the first place, when only Jesus can quench that thirst in being satisfied in the constant pursuing of us to know Him more. (John 4) Jesus even did this in John 3:30. I may be treading on rough theological grounds to argue He was going through a process His whole life even though He was perfect.

The Smiths

A song that comes to mind: Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now by The Smiths. I love this song because it is so true of everybody’s worldly state without a hope in Jesus Christ.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoxTVonejwg

Wouldn’t it be better for someone to get everything they wanted; just so they weren’t driven by something like the hope of getting a big house at the end of their life, or a fancy car? It can even be dangerous in the aspect of children. I hear this all the time: “Once I have some grandchildren, then I will be satisfied.”

As Solomon says in Ecclesiastes, “he who increases knowledge increases sorrow”; because the more someone gets of anything, besides Jesus Christ, the more of a reason that person has to realize it’s unfulfilling.

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I know someone who has a package in the mail about 3 times a week. He is always getting something that will make life easier for him. It’s gotten so bad and out of hand that he even bought another skateboard just so he could leave one at school and one at home-so he could save 15 seconds unlocking his bike; when will it end? I’ll tell you when: once he gets the most convenient lifestyle and realizes it isn’t fulfilling. In reality, I sincerely hope 20 packages a week come so that it hits him sooner rather than later.

4. Conclusion

This isn’t meant to be a downer post at all, rather, it is intended for us to make less of everything else we put hope in so that Jesus Christ stands higher above material things, knowledge, wisdom, and anything else we ‘get’ in this world; to realize that these things will never fulfill.