When I Fall In Love

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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Yesterday, I was standing in the queue, practicing social distancing, waiting to buy my fish, chicken, peas, and chips, when a man approached, singing his own version of a Nat King Cole song: "When I fall in love, it will be for money …"

It got me thinking.

We hold on to stuff, experiences, people, and possessions. We want to acquire more. We set our hearts on them, good or bad.

I am drawn to (not addicted to — honest!) watching Aussie Gold Hunters on demand. It fascinates me how these people endure hours, days, even months of disappointment, dust, heat, and flies, as they strive to get their heartfelt "fair share" of gold.

Some are novices, and some are more adept, seasoned, hardened to the vagaries of the climate and machines breaking down. They reinvest their money, time, and energy into machinery in the hope of making even more money from the high value that the world puts on gold. They want more, but at what personal cost?

Matthew 6:21,24b – Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. You cannot serve God and money. (ESV)

To serve money is to put the acquisition of stuff above our devotion to God, and God is jealous for our devotion.

Mostly, we are naturally acquisitive, storing up now for later. There is nothing wrong with acquisition, per se, if we are mindful of its potential for distraction from God. There is nothing wrong with the desire to work hard for stuff, provided we put Jesus' kingdom first. At the same time, we should be careful not to cling to the stuff for its own sake when, if, it arrives.

Jesus' observation about the poor widow's small offering shows that He does not care about the amount that we give to God, but about the heart attitude in which we give. Letting go of my wealth is a hard thing, especially when I want to get the stuff for me. Jesus' warnings were clear:

Mark 10:23b – How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! (ESV)

However, all things are possible, including letting go of the stuff into the hands of Jesus. So today, maybe try with me to lay down some of the stuff that we have clung to in our hearts that are not God's good and perfect will for our lives.

Prayer: Lord, here we are again, a bit sheepish, but with thankful hearts that You are slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. You have not left us without hope or without a Saviour to set us free. Forgive us for our failures, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, help us to play our part in letting go of the thraldom which we have stored in our hearts. We lay it all down today, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Rod Marshall <roderickhenrymarshall@gmail.com>
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks, Rod, for this good reminder.

    Thanks Rod. I think the key to this dilemma is a phrase l read a long time ago: Live with open hands.
    Take care and blessings.

    Thanks, Rod, for sharing a snapshot of your life and this devotional lesson with us. My daughter also waits in queues to collect her food stuffs so she can cook meals for her husband and herself. Blessings.

    Mr. Marshall;
    Thank you for a very practical and challenging devotional that shows us the ‘way-to-go.’
    Keep writing.

    Hello Rod. Always a treat to read one of your devotionals and this one feels like a God wink — a gift for my birthday. A timely reminder not to focus on material things I may receive but to cherish the love in which they are given. Thank you.

    Thanks for sharing Rod.
    Beautiful reminder, we must seek first His kingdom and let Him take the front seat in all our endeavors.

    So true, Rod! Thanks for the reminder to lay down those material possessions and mindsets which are not of God and give it to Him, so that He can renew our hearts to focus on the treasures of Heaven.

    Dear Rod,
    Thank you for once again sharing a very insightful message. I loved the title, and it picked my curiosity before I even opened the email. May you successfully let go of your thraldom. I had to look that one up. Never heard of it before. Blessings.

    Thanks, Rod, for writing this devotional.
    It was confirmation for me from God, that there are ‘situations’ that I need to give up.
    It added to my desire to do so.

    Hello Rod,
    Thank you for this very mindful devotional today. Yes, we really must remember what is really important to treasure in our daily lives and give thanks to our loving Saviour for being our greatest treasure.
    Blessings for the writings you contribute.

    Thanks, Rod, for your devotion today.
    Absolutely right about storing up earthly riches for oneself.
    It’s not about us, but we should all focus on the kingdom and His will. We cannot count our blessings, but to enjoy them as they come along.
    These are the riches that God gives us along the way.
    We must do everything to Glorify Him.
    (Quebec Canada)

    Rod, how true this is.
    I am sure as a clergyman you have heard relatives of a deceased person asking, “What are we going to do with Uncle Joe’s stuff.”

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