“Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15, NAS)
I consider myself to be fairly adept at packing for a trip. This definitely was not always the case. Indeed, for years when traveling I would find that about one-fourth of what I had crammed into multiple pieces of luggage was unnecessary. Not only did wrestling with such excess put a damper on my traveling experience, but, as often as not, I would discover that I had left something essential behind.
We are on a spiritual journey, you and I. As we make that ever so brief excursion through a temporary land, are we taking along those imperishable things which are necessary for salvation and spiritual growth? Or is our travel rendered joyless because we are encumbered by the nonessentials of the world? Our Lord assures us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. If we allow Him to be our constant traveling companion, we can indeed “rejoice always” and travel light toward home.
Father, free us from the burden of undue emphasis on the world so that we may know full joy in Your promises as we walk homeward with Your Son. In His name, we pray. Amen.
- WANDA PENCE, Las Vegas, Nevada