Life is more than just appearancesBro. David Chancellor
3/28/1999 11:00 AM
"Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" Life is more than just the temporal things. He asks, "Is not life more than consumption?" Many people live for temporal pleasures and consumption of this world's things and goods. We all need clothes, but some of humanity's decisions there are "interesting." We all have a body and look different. It's how others perceive us. We don't, however, want to get hung up on appearances. The body is more than just an appearance. As far as natural existence is concerned God can provide and we need not get wrapped up in filling up the storehouse. We need to let God take care of some things so that we can give attention to the real things of life. Life is more than appearances. When we learn to "live in the house that God gave us" (not paint, color, poke holes in, hang things off of), there is something better there. There is a natural beauty when people learn to be who they are. We are who we are and if we take what we are and are used of God it'll be worthwhile. Solomon had the best that could be had, but there was a simply beauty in a lily that he did not have. The most costly often times is gaudy and looks bad if you get too much of it at once. There is a simple beauty in a life that is given over to God. If God can make something beautiful that lasts only a short while, think of what he can do with your life. We want a beautiful spirit, the spirit of God.
You need to remember the Lord's leading and humbling, to know what is in your heart. We need to see that there's more to life than maintaining a day to day existence. Sin removes the value of living; wrapping it up in a daily existence.
Hebrews 12:16, 17
Describes Esau and the selling of his birthright. The birthright didn't mean anything to him. He gave up the good things for a mere existence. Sin reduces life just to existence when God intended that it would be something more than that. Life is to be lived for God; for the benefit of our soul and the work of God.
Brings out the effect of sin - to make life one hard struggle to stay alive. In a life given over to sin, everything's on the wrong foot - there's something missing there. A long life and good days is found in doing what's right. Sin has brought a hard struggle to mankind - a life with no purpose and no end to accomplish. When our life is lived for God it's not an aimless effort for existence. A life lived for God has meaning and value. In this time, life has become of almost no value. Life is very valuable when it belongs to God - it has a mission and a purpose.