Because we’re still living down in New Braunfels with my wife’s mom, all my life systems feel a little off–things like address changes, the 1-hr. commute, lots of belongings in storage, no place to put stuff, etc…things I’m just not used to. Don’t get me wrong, we are so grateful for where we’re staying and my mother-in-law and I have a good relationship (most days), but we just know that it is time for our family to get moved into our own place in Austin. We feel a little like the Israelites wandering in the desert. Add to this the fact that this week we were trying to find a Launch Team meeting place for ONEchapel, and I was feeling unsettled.
This feeling of not being settled got me to thinking. I’m not sure God wants us completely settled. The Scriptures seem to indicate that we shouldn’t get too comfortable or connected to where we are. While we should learn to be content in any and every situation (Philippians 4:16), we must guard against becoming too entrenched in this world.
God is active and His kingdom is a forward moving kingdom. We are pilgrims instead of settlers. We are here on this earth to continue the work of God’s kingdom but we should be careful not to become too attached. This is why Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6 that we should not store up stuff here on earth, but in heaven because our hearts are so easily consumed by our stuff. The stuff isn’t bad, the question is always do we possess the stuff, or does the stuff possess us.
Matthew 6:19-21″Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. (The Message)
We are all on an adventurous journey! God keeps moving and we should move with Him. Jesus viewed his disciples as “in” the world but not “of” the world (John 17), and so our lives here will never be fully satisfying. Our eyes should be heavenward and forward-looking not myopic or too focused on what’s right in front of us. Remember, Jesus said, “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (John 4:35 – NIV)
Lead Pastor ONEchapel