In life, we assign success and wealth to the person living in the mansion with more rooms than necessary; driving the latest flash and attired in unpronounceable fashions.
We assume they have it going on; that they haven't a care in the world. But not everything is as it seems. The outward rarely, if ever, corresponds with the inner.
God doesn't see us for what we have, but what we have to offer.
But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
The Lord speaks to Moses and commands the people to work their fields for six years and on the seventh year rest. The fields aren't to be sown or reaped on the seventh year. On the fiftieth year, the Year of Jubilee, all that one owns is to be returned to its original owner. This was ordered by God so His people wouldn't place the value of their lives on the value of their possessions.
We are to "walk by faith, not by sight."
1. Define yourself by spiritual riches, not worldly possessions.
We are not of this world, but look ahead to heavenly things. This we often forget as life becomes a race to store up earthly possessions. In doing this, we put reliance on self, rather than faith in God. Self has a tendency to get stressed out when it isn't satisfied.
Our lives here are a lot more temporary than we understand and God wants us freed up to serve Him solely. for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me. Leviticus 25:23
2. Develop a faith that dreams in color when everything else is black and white.
Life is full of obstacles and it's the cares of the world that the devil uses to box us in with insecurity and fear. The Lord purposed the Year of Jubilee as a liberation for the people. Debts were relieved and fresh starts were had.
Unfortunately, our government doesn't observe such a year, but our God wants us to dream big in the face of uncertainty. His love for us is beyond our imaginings, His thoughts about us are more than the grains of sand.
Dreaming in color adds dimension, vividness reality to what we, otherwise, feel is impossible. We serve the Creator of the universe. Nothing is impossible when asked with faith.
3. Do not let your guilt be turned into our shame.
While guilt is the admission of sin, shame is the continued belief that one is unforgivable. We were born sinners. Christ's death was the sacrifice that removed our sin. We are forgivable because He forgave us.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, Oh God! How great is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You. Psalm 139: 17,18
4. Exercise your spiritual liberation amidst worldly limitation.
In Christ we have hope. Hope is knowing without a shadow of a doubt that the Lord has a life eternal awaiting us in heaven with Him. While worldly bondage is temporary we can anticipate liberation in a walk with our Savior.
In Christ, we are completely free completely effective. Therefore, ask big of God and be obedient.