Tuesday, July 31, 2012

We Were Made for More of This, Not That

Jessica, me

My friend Jessica is trying the "7 Experiment," based on Jen Hatmaker's book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.  (Click here to see how it goes for Jessica! Click here if you're unfamiliar with 7.)

I cheer to see anyone fighting American status quo, mostly because I'm so treacherously tangled in the alluring web of the American Dream.  The noise of Facebook and email crowd my thoughts until I cannot hear the Still, Small Voice of God... and I cheer to see another sweet friend who unplugged from her blog for a spell .  I lack discipline and gratitude as I consume this Land of Plenty at a rate far exceeding my needs.  We are never satisfied, always crying for more.

More status.
More clothes.
More square footage.
More food.
More choices.
More bang for our buck.
More money.
More friends.
More vacation.
More free time.
More youth.

When I sit still long enough to read God's Word, it's plain:  We were not made to handle all of this MORE.  It is a disease.  Yet, like a toddler left alone with her trick-or-treat bag... we have the resources to consume far more than is good for us.  MORE is at our fingertips, and we partake.

Or...
instead of MORE...
we could give.

Instead of more internet clutter in our minds, we could be still enough to be filled by the Spirit, so we can pass love on to others.

Instead of more money spent on our food, our homes, our wardrobes, our vanity...
we could remember God's heart for the poor...
for those who don't have the option of vanity...
who just want to eat.

But the gospel isn't just about subtraction.
It isn't about a monastic, simple, religious lifestyle.
The gospel is replacement.  A new self.
There is a type of MORE that God did create us for.

MORE of Him.
MORE of His glory.
MORE of His fame being spread across the Earth.
MORE of His Presence in our lives.

Sometimes, we feel Him more when we feed our Earthly appetites less.
Sometimes, when we let our bodies grow hungry, we realize it wasn't food we were starving for.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." Matthew 5:6

10 comments:

Rebecca said...

I appreciate your heart on this so much! I'm struggling with the same, trying to pull away from the American Dream life of excess and finding it an hourly struggle. But following Jesus is the only place where true contentment is found.

Thank you for such an inspiring post!

RACHEL said...

Rebecca, it is so hard to pursue God more than comfort!! Which is crazy because He's the source of true joy. Praying with you that we fall desperately in love with Him above all else!

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