Safe and Secure

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Philippians 3:20 “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” 

 I can’t speak for all women but for myself I know I want security! I am very stuck in my ways at times and want a sense of security in knowing what my typical routine will be. I often say I would love to be a Wal-Mart greeter because I know exactly what the job would be and how much I would be getting paid. I don’t like change too much and am often more times than not wanting something that is permanent. Case in point 11 years ago when I moved to Los Angeles I got a P.O. box for my mail. To this day I still have it and pay $9 a month to have to drive to another location to get mail, which sounds ridiculous now that I type it out. I got it because I moved a lot and did not want the hassle of having to update my address each time and lose missing important items (such as bills, just kidding…. I didn’t want my Amazon packages to get lost.) J I often wonder if one day we will have a permanent home to where we can save that $9 a month and no longer need a place to store mail. 

I also think about these past two years our church has been on a citywide tour! Sounds more exciting than it was, but we were in temporary locations until our building was ready. We are now in our new building Praise God and guess what? It is temporary, for now at least. We are in a lease and do not own the building, we may own it one day or we may not, that isn’t really up to us, it is up to God. 

The house we live in is very small and literally my husband is a pro at using every inch of square footage frugally and we often get asked “Why don’t you move to Ohio or someplace cheaper where you could have a savings account and you could have nice things and no debt?” We get that question probably on a weekly basis. You see my husband is ministry focused, he started a ministry based out of Los Angeles but alongside that he is super involved in our church. Whenever I am having a pity party he reminds me that I did not marry a career driven man who can provide this elaborate life while on earth but what he can offer me is Godly leadership, treasures stored in heaven and lots of quality time. That all sounds great so why at times am I not content with that? Why do I need a Chanel bag to go in my grave one day because yes I can enjoy it temporarily but we all know that I can’t take it with me when I die. The Bible says Job 1:21 “And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. I am not saying don’t have nice things; I just am saying that do not allow items or situations to give you a sense of security.

You see the world teaches us to live like it is our last day on earth, yet on the contrary we are taught to save as if we will outlive Noah! It is so confusing it can mess with our mind and cause our flesh to overtake the truth and what we know is truth. We must remember that this world is temporary so if God reminds us over and over again that this world is not our home and it is temporary, why do we struggle so bad with wanting permanent security here? 

 

Matthew 6:19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal; For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” 

 

1 Chronicles 29:15 “For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on this earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.” 

 

1 Peter 2:11 “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” 

 

You could have the house you own, the car paid off, the no debt, the purses, the Pinterest worthy décor and God could still one day take it all away. Or the day after you finally get what you have been saving for the unexpected could happen. Where is our faith in security? Security and faith can’t go together, it is like oil and water, they won’t mix. If you have security in the world’s eyes do you have strong faith? Maybe you do, and there are wealthy Christians to who are very faithful. But for most of us, the less security we have the closer Jesus has to our heart. He wants our security and hope to only be in him. Let us remember he only promises to provide for today, just today! I know we have plans for the weekend but some of us may not live to see that weekend. God promises to give us our daily bread and for the future and the wondering of what permanent place we will have the only place he has promised is heaven! If God asked you to give it all up tomorrow and not know where your next meal was coming from would you be secure and safe or fearful and frantic?