Heart Abandoned, Soul Surrendered

30 Nov

We spend our lives searching for the place of significance in our existence. For some that significance is found in acquisition and accumulation. Solomon in his wisdom recognized that the nature of man was to yearn for more than what he referred to as vanity. He had spent his life in search of that which was not vanity…that which was more than inconsequential nothingness. In other words, meaningful significance. Could he find it in accumulation; he owned palaces. In power; he ruled nations. In wealth; he possessed riches in abundance. In prowess; his bed chamber was visited by a myriad of wives and concubines. All of these he labeled vanity.

For others significance is more internal. A man came proclaiming that significance could be found in selling all and becoming nothing but a servant. Meaning is found in the acquisition of peace rather than the accumulation of possessions. In fact, he said, “There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, for my sake and the gospels, but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions, and in the world to come…eternal life.”

What is your heart’s desire, what does your soul long for? Peace is found in abandonment and surrender of aspirations and acquisitions. Peace is not found in houses and lands, it is found in giving away the controlling desire for those things. If one sells a house should he do so with anticipation of exchanging it for 100 houses or even a house worth 100 times more than the one sold.
The exchange to be realized is in recognizing the value, priority, and understanding of the blessing of a home and possessions in terms of God’s perspective. It is not the same for all but sadly it is true for more than would admit it. With materialism and the quest for possessions comes a bondage that we do not realize because our eyes have been filled with goals and aspirations and desires. When we “give up” the entrapment of that blindness, there is a new vision and freedom of being released from that bondage. It is in that release that the true value of possessions in God’s perspective brings the 100 fold blessing of a home…not houses, of needs…not wants, God’s kingdom priority…not our own little earthly empire. Our security shifts from what we could provide and take care of for ourselves to what we could trust God to provide and take care of. “I have learned that in whatsoever state I am…” means 100 fold freedom and a blessing of contentment not experienced while we were on the American quest.

So, bottom line, what do you really love, and what are your motives in acquisition? Where is your hope for significance? If it is in heart abandoned and soul surrendered, then you are ready to open the door to internal peace and the significance of service to others sharing hope with hearts.

One Response to “Heart Abandoned, Soul Surrendered”

  1. Danny December 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    Allen, thanks so much for this encouragement and reminder! The part about materialism and possessions really hits home with it being the Christmas season.

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