If there is any place in my life that I can certainly point towards as edging towards vice is my love of gadgets. Of all the “things” that can be “loved,” I love gadgets the most. This has been a life-long affair, and I would be too embarrassed to tell the level of priority that gadgets maintain in my financial picture.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
The passage above is in a longer section dealing with “living” well, according to God’s heart.
There are two things that impact me today as I read that.
First, I recall the impact that the Moravian missionaries had on John Wesley as he observed their holy lifestyles while aboard a ship. As he recounts the experiences, you almost get a sense that they purposefully made themselves the servants of their fellow travelers. They got them drink, brought their food, saw to their comfort, attended to any sicknesses. The thing is, the were not servants, nor were they ship staff. They simply (and profoundly) lived to serve. They looked for ways in which they could give of themselves to others. He was so struck by them, that he, a minister, found himself in a personal spiritual revolution.
Second, I am getting very skittish about a book study that I am going to do, hopefully with some brave friends. It’s intended to be a small group study, but I am doing it by myself if I have to. I am compelled in my spirit to engage the challenge that I know awaits within those pages. It’s called the “Economy of Love” and is published by The House Studio. Here is a quote from the info page about it:
What is the value of enough, and how do we become more like the God who is close to the poor, the hungry, the meek, and the merciful? Economy of Love will challenge individuals to join in community, journeying together as they begin to consider a new standard of living—a personal economic threshold oriented not around the size of a monthly paycheck, but around the value of enough.
I have a feeling that my love of gadgets is only a minuscule part of my life that will be challenged, and it honestly frightens me. But, I want to live a life that draws people to Jesus in a way that they are challenged to be transformed by the testimony of the Holy Spirit in the deepest places. I want to live a life that draws people to spiritual revolution as they find themselves “as if dead” before mighty bronze feet aflame (Revelation 1:13-16).