“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:12-13).
Most people suppose the apostles always suffered poverty and generally did without. But Paul actually experienced a variety of ups and downs. What made the difference for Paul? He travelled light.
Paul did not saddle his life down with too much baggage. He had a game plan to preach Christ in places that had not heard the gospel (Romans 15:20), and seemed to move in a westerly direction. But sometimes God upended his plans (see Acts 16:6-10). Why did Paul prosper when at times things looked so uncertain? He travelled light.
Few Christians ever prosper in fulfilling God’s will when they weigh their lives down with endless obligations, multiplied possessions, and mounting bills. They need to travel light, and be a vessel God can guide.
How can we travel light?
1. Rid yourselves of needless baggage.
“Baggage” can include a number of things, such as too many possessions, too much debt, and too many social obligations. But we will define “baggage” as anything that hinders our walk with God. When God calls us to something, will we be ready? Remember that life sort of fills itself up and, at times, renders us immobile for God (i.e., we can’t serve Him because of all of our obligations). Whatever hinders our walk, must be thrown overboard.
2. Be in a position to pivot.
Great basketball players know how to pivot on a dime. Great Christians know how to pivot when God calls. Listen to this sobering verse:
“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap” (Luke 21:34).
If our lives become weighed down with the cares of this world, how can we “pivot” for God? Travel light. His vineyard needs us, but how can we possibly respond while weighed down with so many obligations?
Ask God to help you “declutter” your life. Ask for help in streamlining things so you will be available for Him. God wants to use us, and will help put us in a position to fulfill His will.
Posted on Fri, June 24, 2016
by Sam Petitfils