Listen to this devotional:
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (KJV)
In 1980, our estranged family reunited after we became reconciled to Lord Jesus. Such mercy and grace! Praise His ever-saving name!
I'd been lovingly warned, but inside and outside, the old farmhouse appeared exceedingly beyond its hundred-year age — every dingy, paint-peeling, ramshackle, slanty, shabby inch of it.
Believing this low-rent accommodation to be only short-term, I bravely smiled at my husband, daughter, and son, who had done their best with it, but dingy, paint-peeling, ramshackle, slanty, and shabby were still the results, along with strangely cute, quirky, and a brand new start for us! We exchanged tentative glances, giggled, hugged, wept, and laughed. We had Jesus in our hearts. We were home together!
Our previous modern home, with its "mod con" (modern convenience) comforts, and our former idolatrous, materialistic lifestyle, were indeed all passed away. We learned that there is always good news in Jesus. He is the "Good News", and for us, that good news has remained. We never again worshipped and strove to have those latest up-market expensive comforts and conveniences. Instead, we learned increasingly to value our Lord's treasured principles, and to "know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Colossians 2:2b-3 NIV)
As a family of four, and with our Jesus Lord in the centre of us, we became our true home. That old, falling-down farmhouse was just the shelter in which our true home came to live for the next "short-term" ten years.
We did some cozy improvements, and Jesus' gradual transforming work brought us such a joy, contentment, and fruitfulness, which we had never previously known, as we received wisdom's "instruction in preference to [striving for] silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold." (Proverbs 8:10 AMP)
Of course, along with our Lord's loving ways, were our ways, which necessitated chastenings, trials, testings, and battles fought with Satan and victoriously won through our Lord Christ, plus other downs and glorious ups. All grateful praise goes to our treasure Jesus and His unrelenting pursuit of us.
For all believers, as we choose to work with Him and His will, not striving against Him, Jesus, our perfectly glorious provider, ever makes Himself our very highest earthly and heavenly treasure, both in the here and now, and forevermore.
Matthew 6:19a,20 – Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (NKJV)
Prayer: Thank You, ever-loving, ever-generous Lord Christ. You provide everything we need for a successful, joy-filled, fruitful life, as we willingly trust, obey, believe, and receive from You and Your Word. In Your glorious name, we thank, praise, and worship You. Amen and Amen!