May 22, 2014


Leviticus 19:26-37; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12; Matthew 6:25-34

Several years ago, while doing a neighborhood visitation, I came to an apartment where the occupant wanted to invite me inside. That was impossible though, because the resident stood at the door, blocking the one, narrow path through pile upon pile of clutter. None of it was being used; indeed a quick glance informed me that most of it was useless. The hoarded mess was in the way of her inviting people into her home. There was simply no room for anything but her and her stuff and a cat that was asleep on top of one stack of boxes.

We must confess that too often, the focus of our days is the gathering of stuff. It gets in the way of having God in our homes—and in our lives. We become so absorbed in growing our stuff that our faith has no room to grow. This can become a hell on earth where one is all alone with that useless accumulation, but “away from the presence of the Lord.”

Is “the Lord your God” the focus of your life? What is the first thing you seek each day? What is the last thing you desire? What fills the in-between?

Prayer: Help me not be anxious for things, Lord, but instead, want more of you in my life. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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