Are we willing to let go of certain things we love in order to gain something of even greater value? This is the whole concept behind a rummage sale, is it not? Clear out the old, unused clutter to make room for newer, better things? The Apostle Paul was faced with the same question, and made his decision abundantly clear:
All the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ (Phil 3:8 MSG).
Paul made a clean sweep of everything hindering his growth in the grace and knowledge of his Lord Jesus — he “dumped it all in the trash.” In his words, “I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself” (Phil 3:10 MSG). Paul, a former religious packrat, finally had a garage sale and sold it all!
We need to first empty our hands of lesser things if we are going to be able to receive God’s greater blessings. We need to rid ourselves of spiritual clutter if we are going to “learn the unforced rhythms of grace” and how to “live freely and lightly” (Matt 11:29-30 MSG). We need to follow Paul, dumping it all in the trash in order to fully embrace Christ and his calling on our life.
So, have a rummage sale of the soul, and begin clearing out those distractions that are hindering you from experiencing God’s fullness in your daily life!
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