For God So Loved The World…

I’m about to cry.    I just saw a delivery confirmation showing that the other phone has arrived (we received the first one last Friday) and this means that my time with a smart phone is coming to an end.

I called Tony and said “Well, our other phone is here so we can make the switch” – totally fighting back tears. He laughed because he knew I was about to cry (and because it’s ridiculous) and I said to him “Seriously! I’m over here tearing up and getting ready to cry because I have to give up this stupid phone that I THINK I need and deserve. I hate the way this world is!!!!! I hate that we get so corrupted by STUFF and think we need or deserve certain things in our lives and that we just can’t live without this stuff!”

You know what I can’t live without? Jesus Christ. Apart from Him I have nothing. I can’t live without Him and because of the SACRIFICE 2,000 years ago I don’t ever have to live without Him.

What is this phone in comparison to my Lord? If I can cry over the sacrifice of giving up a phone with every app under the sun – imagine, just imagine the tears of God as He sacrificed His Son. Wow!

Ridiculous… me crying over a PHONE. A worldy item. Matthew 6:19-24 NIV 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

This is such a remarkable week and the best week to give up something that I am fond of having around. I have been thinking a lot about Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem … knowing His final days on earth were quickly coming to an end. I am speechless and my heart sinks the more I ponder and read of His final days.

We sing a song at church and these lyrics have been running through my heart all day “I will lose this life to find it/ I will give myself away/ I will set this world behind me/ I will live to bless Your name/ All to Jesus, I surrender, All to Him I freely give.

I have been thinking about how Tony and I are FREELY giving to Jesus. Giving up our phones and the comfort of our Brentwood apartment. We are freely giving.

This whole phone ‘thing’has been such an eye opener to how this world hooks us and holds us captive… how I can cry at the thought of not having it anymore. *Shakes head in disgust*

In closing – “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have EVERLASTING life.” John 3:16. God freely gave. God Sacrificially gave. I am forever grateful.

Love in Christ,

April

**Note** I am not saying everyone should move or give up their phones – please see beyond what is written.**

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