“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth . . .” (Matthew 6:19)
One of the great blessings of being a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ is found in the gift of “divine disencumberment,” where God supernaturally shifts our focus away from earthly treasure to heavenly treasure. The amazing grace that God used to raise us from death to life is the same grace God uses to raise us above seeking after earthly treasure and hoarding them “where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”
Is divine disencumberment one of the marks of your life today?
Before we were saved, by grace through faith, we sought after the stuff of this life. In our worldly-mindedness, we looked to satisfy the desires of the flesh through the attainment of any of the 5 Ps – power, position, prestige, prosperity, and pleasure. And make no mistake, the more we were in hot pursuit of any of these things, the more we became encumbered by the flesh and temporal satisfaction. The more we pursue the stuff of this life, the less we pursue our beloved Savior, and the result of this worldly pursuit is to multiply the cares of this life.
The true disciple of Christ says NO to worldliness and YES to the Word. Remember, it is not a matter of eliminating pursuit; it is a matter of pursuing the right things. Our problem is not desire; our problem is that we desire the wrong things. Our hearts should beat after all things above, pursuing the life God has called us to live. Throughout this life, we are being conformed into the image of our Lord Jesus. The more we are conformed into His image, the less we are encumbered with the stuff of this life.
Divine disencumberment is a grace that grows in the heart that beats for nothing smaller than Jesus. The true disciple is one who seeks first the kingdom of heaven, trusting that everything else will follow. God has promised to meet all our needs in the glorious riches of His precious Son, our beloved Savior. We need only keep the main thing the main thing, allowing Jesus His rightful place in our lives: on the throne of our hearts. Divine disencumberment frees us from a life filled with empty pursuits and fills us with the eternal promise that “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22 ESV).
So . . . what treasures have you been storing up for yourself lately? What does the confession of your life say to those who know you best? Remember, we are all hunting some kind of treasure. The key is to hunt after the treasures that are holy, and then divine disencumberment will bless you wherever you go.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!