Over packing for a trip to nowhere

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If you have some time to kill this weekend, here is something fun you can try.

Find a large suitcase, duffle bag, or backpack and go through your house filling it up with junk. Clothes that no longer fit, a kitchen gadget you never use, a few things that have been cluttering up the garage, some old books…and, just for good measure, a few things that are just bulky, heavy, and will do little but take up space like bricks, rocks, wood scraps, etc.

As soon as your bag is packed, you will be ready to set out on your weekend adventure to nowhere.

All you have to do to get there is carry the bag everywhere you go until Monday morning.

Got it? Good 🙂

Of course you don’t actually have to do this but, just imagine for a minute if you did.

Imagine carrying (and I mean carrying, not dragging, pulling, or rolling) the heavy bag everywhere you went. A quick run to the store, a trip to the kitchen to fix a snack, holding the bag while you try to wash your hair, bag on your lap while you are watching TV, Bag right next to you in bed as you try to sleep, bag on the table as you eat dinner.

Silly, right? Now imagine carrying your bag to church on Sunday morning. Imagine the looks of your fellow parishioners as you sit there with a bag on your lap.

“Don’t mind me. I’m good. Nothing to see here. Just a big, heavy, cumbersome bag of stuff.”

Imagine lifting your arms in praise to sing All to Jesus I surrender while straining to hold onto your heavy bag.

“All to Jesus, I surrender.” Struggling under the weight.

“All to him I freely give.” Sweat rolling down your face.

“I will ever love and trust him.” Getting-hard-to-stand…

“In his presence daily live.” Yep, in His presence me and my heavy bag of junk will live.

Get the point?

This would be absurd if it weren’t something many of us actually do. Sure, we don’t physically carry a big bag of stuff around with us everywhere we go but we don’t always freely give Him all we need to either, do we?

Now imagine that your big bag is full of hate, anger, worry, trouble, grief, hardship, past mistakes, grudges, grievances, judgment, pride, lust, greed, doubt…We all carry some of that around with us everywhere we go, don’t we?

Now imagine taking ALL of it, walking to the front of the church, laying it down for Jesus to take care of, and walking away completely and absolutely free of all the junk that has been weighing us down.

It’s simple people. Despite how much we try, we cannot have complete freedom in Christ as long as we carry around what we should lay down at the feet of our savior.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

– Galatians 5:1

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10 replies

  1. Great imagery.

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  2. So good! I might take slight exception to the thought that “it’s easy”, however. Sometimes it takes hard discipline, mental, emotional, spiritual discipline to lay it on the alter and leave it there. Sometimes we need help to do it. But do it we must, like Christian in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Any thoughts on how to help people with this?

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  3. That was great James! Nothing like taking the Sunday sermon and making a post out of it.

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  4. I love this, James. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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