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Give Me Jesus

Hanging up clothes in the walk-in closet, I began singing a song I have not heard in quite some time.

“You can have all this world, just give me Jesus”

Looking around at the things we’ve accumulated over the three years, I see more stuff than we need. Nothing lavish, most of my wardrobe is hand-me-downs from my mom or thrift store find, but it’s the abundance that struck me.

Stuff has a way of creeping in. It doesn’t have to be disorganized chaos or extreme hoarding. Things are given to us, acquired, purchased and handed down year after year. I look at the 3 black long-sleeved t-shirts I have and wonder how I ended up with them. One was from my mom, one survived the fire and wasn’t returned from the restoration company until 12 months later and the other I bought at Community Aid. Things like this creep into our lives and begin to take over. But what really matters at the end of the day?

when all else fails what will you cling to

“Give me Jesus, give me Jesus”

We know what it is like to lose almost everything. To live simply with just a few possessions. Loss of “things” does not haunt me. I am not afraid to lose them again. No longer does my attic lie cluttered with unnecessary mementos. Only a few select things remain now, and their days are numbered.

At the end of the day, it isn’t our possession that define us, save us or give us lasting comfort. Only Jesus should define us….Christ followers, passionately pursuing His love and carrying out His charge to spread the Gospel. Only Jesus can save us……. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6b.)

And only Jesus gives us lasting comfort…..For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

“You can have all this world, just give me Jesus”

Things are not so important to me anymore. The realization that life is more than things came like a hurricane and the swelling of the seas. When the rain poured on August 24, 2012; we lost most of our things and in the end it was well with my soul. I was more upset at the loss of our beloved Walter-dog just a week later.

Fast forward 3 years and seas are swelling. It’s been a slow swell, gradually the tide to of Truth has risen in my spirit as I see supernaturally, things are not good in this land or on the Earth.

“Give me Jesus, give me Jesus”

Looking around our closet I wonder what will be important to me to me when things get bad. Will I turn and cling to my possessions? Will I hold so tightly to my things that I am sucked into the fire or will I run with my faith and my family following the Lord’s leading?

I pray for the latter.

“You can have all this world, just give me Jesus”

It is strong in my spirit that knowledge and faith are more important than the things we can hold in our hands. Knowing how to start a fire is more precious than having a new furnace. Discerning truth from lies will be more valuable than a college degree. Preparing for tough times ahead is about being on our knees now, asking for direction, guidance, and peace.

I do believe a measure of physical preparation is necessary, but it is not enough. Physical and spiritual preparation, as I see it, are interwoven. We cannot prepare physically until we know what it is we are to be prepared for. Disaster readiness is no good if we are not spiritually strong in Christ to handle the disaster at hand.

Are you prepared spiritually for what lies ahead?

Prepping seems to be the new “it” thing to do among some and, while I do not know their motives, I have to wonder if some preppers are preparing out of desire to handle well what lies ahead or out of fear. Because doing anything out of fear is the devil’s playground.

“Give me Jesus, give me Jesus”

It is okay to be grateful for the things we have and to use them to their full measure. But it’s idolizing our possessions, depending on them as if we could not live without, that gets us out of balance. Can you live without your cell phone? Can you live without your car? Can you live without running water? Can you live without electricity?

If your actions are fear-based the Devil is running wild in your life.

“You can have all this world, just give me Jesus

What will you cling to when everything falls apart?

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Comments

  1. So true! One of my all time favorite songs! Thanks!

  2. Amen, my sister in Christ…AMEN!

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