It was a Tuesday. The sun was shining, Minnesota was greener than ever and like most men my age, a close friend of mine was going to buy a house. He called me up and asked me to come share in the moment with him. As we walked through this big gorgeous house I was blown away by how extravagantly Americans live.
I had recently returned from a missions trip to Peru and spent several days shoulder to shoulder with my brothers working in some very impoverished regions. So coming home to take a look at a mansion may have not been the best timing but hey, let’s roll with it. This is a good story.
As I drove away from the house I thought to myself: I will never live in a house like that. There was no judgement, what my friend has is simply not what I want. God has been doing something in me. While I was driving I began to think about the movie Shindler’s list. Remember at the end when Shindler pulls the ring off his finger and says, “I could have saved one more life with the money this ring is worth.” I then began to think out loud to the Lord.. “Father, what could I give up so that more people could know you.”
Later that evening I was home and decided to watch The Matrix. Because.. #whynot I’m a bit of a movie buff. The scene in the movie when Neo meets a young girl who is able to bend spoons with her mind came into view and my thoughts started churning. She looks at Neo and say’s “the spoon will bend when you realize the truth… that there is no spoon.”
Then it all hit me…. THERE IS NO SPOON! If you haven’t seen the movie, the characters are living in a dream world that everyone thinks is real, but the truth is there’s an entirely different world… which is unseen.
Here’s the deal. Everything you and I see in this world, is going to pass away. The only things that remain, that last and have eternal significance are the unseen, it’s your treasures in heaven.
I have battled fear for a long time in my life. So many fears about success, meaning, money, rejection, loss, the list could go on and on… and on. But what I just can’t get over is; how can I be afraid of something if it doesn’t really exist. Now this may sound way out of left field but at the end of the day, everything we see is going to come to an end and we will be in eternal bliss with God for all of eternity. THAT is the truth and THAT is what is actually REAL.
Fear is your worry about losing something. That is what it all boils down to. We worry, fear and strive to hold on to the things we can see when in reality, all of those things will fade away.
I am here to tell you today that you never have to suffer from fear ever again because when you can’t lose that which will last forever, then there is nothing to fear.
As I pondered all of this, I thought back to my prayer. “Lord, what could I give up so that more people could know you.”
Well, the answer is the spoon. He wants us to give up our hold on everything we see in this world so that we can be released from fear. When we are released from fear we live in freedom, the freedom Jesus lives to give us. Then and only then will we be able to fulfill our God given potential.
Look, I get it. We all have desires in our hearts. Many of those desires consist of things that we see in this world. I share the same desires. We yearn to love and to be loved. We celebrate giving and receiving thoughtful gifts or gestures. We long to see the far places of the world and adventure the creation God has so generously blessed us with. Many of us desire a beautiful home to share with our families. The heart of my message today is for you to be free from fear by not letting what you can see have hold of you.
We were designed for so much greater.
The best is coming for your life,