DayBreaks for 2/01/19 – No Pockets in a Shroud

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DayBreaks for 2/01/2019: No Pockets in a Shroud

From the DayBreaks archive, 2009:

Matthew 6:19-20: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

In his commentary on this passage, William Barclay has some interesting things to say.

FIRST: The Jews always connected treasure with character. It related to things like treasure versus morality/honor. The Jews had a saying, “…in the hour of a man’s departure, neither silver, nor gold, nor precious stones accompany him, but only his knowledge of the Law, and his good works.” We might want to argue a bit with some of that theology, but the basic point is accurate: when we leave this planet it’s not like moving from one house to another. We won’t be able to take anything of material value with us to our new home.

SECOND: It is important where we put our treasure, because if our hearts value the things of this world, we will have little or no interest in the world beyond this one. Once upon a time, Dr. Johnson, a Christian man, was being led through a noble and magnificent castle and its surrounding gardens. When he had completed the tour, he turned to his companions and said, “These are the things which make it difficult to die.” Can’t we all identify with that? Haven’t you seen a beautiful home, a beautiful plane, a beautiful boat, a beautiful tropical isle that enticed you even a little bit? That whispers in your ear, “Wouldn’t you really like to have me? Aren’t I beautiful?” And a part of us answers, “Boy, would I!” But we can’t let the things of this world cloud our judgment. The things here are temporary – not permanent. The permanent is what resides in eternity – either good or bad.

There is an old Spanish proverb that says it all very simply: “There are no pockets in a shroud.” If only we could remember that each day! Our focus would be clearer, our perspective heavenly and our hearts would be set on things of heaven instead of things on earth. We’d be more interested in things that are eternal rather than 401k plans, stock splits and a home backed up to the waterway or golf course.

Maybe you need to create a little sign and put it over your desk, in your car, or on your refrigerator or mirror at home with that Spanish proverb on it. I think I will. And when my heart feels the tug towards something of this world, I pray that the Spirit will remind me to look at the proverb and that He’ll re-adjust my mindset.

PRAYER: Give us clear hearts, clear eyes, and clear minds to discern the relative value of this world and all it would tempt us with, and the everlasting value of Your home!    In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 10/30/15 – Be Careful What You Wish For

DayBreaks for 10/30/15: Be Careful What You Wish For

Wednesday night at choir practice, one of the sopranos shared a story of good fortune. Just that day her mother-in-law won $1,000,000 playing the lottery! What made it all the more touching is that the woman who won the lottery had raised four or five boys by herself after she was left alone. She struggled and scraped her entire life to raise and provide for her children. Isn’t God good?

Such things have probably prompted us all to thing: “Wouldn’t it be great if I won a million dollars?!” I was at one time both happy to hear of this woman’s good fortune, but at the same time was thinking, “Why couldn’t it have been me” (aside from the small detail that I don’t play the lottery)?  I also found myself being envious of the lady who shared the story: she and her husband have the potential of a nice inheritance some day. Envy is easy to come by – if we are envying people for the wrong things.

Well, maybe it wouldn’t be so great. Not everyone has the same idea of a great time. One person’s wish may be another’s nightmare. Take, for example, the story of three men who were sailing together in the Pacific Ocean. Their vessel was wrecked and they found themselves on an island. They had plenty of food, but their existence was in every way different from what their lives had been in the past. The men were walking by the seashore one day after they had been there for some months and found an ancient lantern. One man picked it up. As he began to rub it and clean it, a genie popped out and said, “Well, since you have been good enough to release me, I will give each of you one wish.”

The first man said, “Oh, that’s perfectly marvelous. I’m a cattleman from Wyoming and I wish I were back on my ranch.” Poof! He was back on his ranch.

The second man said, “Well, I’m a stockbroker from New York, and I wish that I were back in Manhattan.” Poof! He was back in Manhattan with his papers, his telephones, his clients and his computers.

The third fellow was somewhat more relaxed about life and actually had rather enjoyed life there on the island. He said, “Well, I am quite happy here. I just wish my two friends were back.” Poof! Poof! Everybody’s idea of a “great time” isn’t the same!

So is it true? How many Americans (perhaps you are among them) sitting around wishing, “Now wouldn’t it be great …if I won the lottery…if I had my dream house…if I was famous….”

As Christians…as the people of God…what if instead of wishing for money or fame or success or more “things,” we could just as earnestly wish with all our hearts and souls and minds and strength that we could love the Lord our God and love our neighbor as ourselves? There is no greater treasure than to know Him, yet we act as if everything else is of greater value because we spend so much time pursuing those other things and so little time getting to know Him!

Genesis 15:1 (KJV) – After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

TODAY’S PRAYER: You are the treasure we should seek, Lord. Help us to not seek after worldly joy, but after that which will delight us for all eternity! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 3/03/15 – Leave No Stone Unturned

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NOTE: This week DayBreaks are from the archive as Galen is out of the country.  He will respond to messages after he returns. 

Matt. 13:44-46 – The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

These two short parables are fascinating.  I’ve always thought of them as describing the individual who discovers the treasure of salvation and then surrenders their life in order to take possession of such great wealth.  And that is true – these should be reminders to us that nothing compares with what we find in Jesus.

But since the church is made up of individuals who have come to salvation, can the parables also not apply to the church as a living body?  The field is the world, and God has put a great and mysterious treasure into the world through the Incarnation.  It is hidden from the eyes of those who are too prideful to acknowledge their brokenness and need, but is available to those who seek Him.  Pay careful attention to the first verse: once the treasure was found, it was hidden again until the entire field, not just the treasure, could be purchased.  If the field represents the world, the church has a great challenge and responsibility.  The treasure is here, hidden in the world.  The treasure can be seen as both the mystery of God in salvation, but also as the individual that is hidden (“lost”) in the world.  And the mission of the church is to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of the treasure for which God paid such a high price. 

Whether or not that is what Jesus intended when he spoke these parables, the truth remains: we cannot leave any stone unturned, any price unpaid, to reach that which is hidden, buried and lost in the world.  When we were lost, God saw us as a treasure hidden in the world, and He sold all He had to purchase us.  How can we do any less?

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PRAYER: Thank You for seeing us as a great treasure.  Help us to see the world, and the lost, in the same way!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 10/14/13 – Things That Make Dying Hard

DayBreaks for 10/14/13 – Things that Make Dying Hard

1 John 2:15 (NLT)  Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

Charles Spurgeon was a famed Christian preacher.  At one point during his life, he was taken on a tour of a man’s home – a very, very wealthy man.  The man lived in a mansion that put nearly every other mansion to shame.  The house was filled with original works of art from the great European painters and sculptors, magnificent tapestries and other objects d’art.  At the conclusion of the tour, the man turned to Spurgeon and asked him, “Well, what do you think?”  Spurgeon’s reply was: “These are the things that make dying hard.”

It is easy – so very easy – to fall in love with the things of this world.  We are advised to not lay up treasures on earth but in heaven….we are also told that where our treasure is, our hearts will follow. 

As I thought about this today, I thought about Spurgeon’s comment and these passages and how we look at death.  We look at death as leaving things behind – people, possessions and the like.  We think of it as a parting, a leaving of things – and I suppose it is.  But maybe we should think of dying more as going to something of far greater worth than anything we leave behind.

Why do possessions make dying hard?  Because we love them so much.  Because as 1 John 2:15 says, if we love the world and what it offers us, there’s not going to be room nor inclination in our hearts to love the Father.  And if we miss Him, we will have missed the greatest and only real treasure in existence.  We can’t (not my words, but Jesus’ words!) serve two masters.  We will love this world and what’s in it, or we will love God. 

Which will it be?

PRAYER: Father, we need You to cleanse our heart from loving this world and what it offers us!  We have fallen in love with too many things and not left room for You.  Help us live up to the greatest commandment and die to things in this world in order to gain that which can never be taken from us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 04/08/13 – Is It Nothing to You?

DayBreaks for 04/08/13 – Is It Nothing to You?

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From The Unchained Soul, by Calvin Miller comes this analogy:

An African myth tells of a tribe whose people noticed that their cows were not giving as much milk as they once did.  In spying on their cows at midnight, they noticed a beautiful young woman carrying a large pail and floating down to earth on a moon ray.  She milked their cows and went back to the skies.  One the following night, when they trapped this thieving goddess, they discovered that she was the Sky Maiden, a member of a sky tribe who had no other way to get food for themselves.  The man who had trapped the Sky Maid promised to release her if she would return and marry him.  She agreed, but only if he would allow her to return to the sky for three days and prepare herself.  When she returned, she brought with her a large sealed box.  She told the man that she would not marry him, but he must promise her he would never look inside the box.  They were married and for many weeks lived happily together, but one day when his wife was away from their hut, the bridegroom’s curiosity got the best of him.  He opened the box and looked inside.  He was amazed.  The box was empty.

“When the Sky Maid discovered that he had looked inside, she refused to be married to him any longer.  Her earthbound husband did not understand why she would leave him for so trivial a matter as an empty box.  She replied to him with these words: ‘I’m not leaving you because you opened the box, I thought you probably would.  I’m leaving you because you said it was empty.  It wasn’t empty; it was full of sky.  It contained the light and the air and the smells of my home in the sky.  When I went home for the last time, I filled that box with everything that was most precious to me to remind me of where I came from.  How can I be your wife if what is most precious to me is emptiness to you?’

“This parable explains the plight of God.  His is it that, when we mean so very much to God, he means so little to us?  Yet his love is unconditional.  It flows eternally toward us, whether or not we stop to love God in return.

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Rom. 5:6-8)

“God loves us to the extremity of the cross and says to us, ‘Look in the box.’  Grace fills the treasure chest of God.  Is His glorious love of no value?  Do you experience this love beyond all telling, or are you incriminated by Jeremiah’s cry, ‘Is it nothing to you?’ (Lam. 1:12)

How important to you are the treasures of God?

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/10/12 – Is It Nothing to You?

DayBreaks for 04/10/12 – Is It Nothing to You?

"Is it nothing to you?" - God

 ‘Is it nothing to you?’ (Lam. 1:12)

From The Unchained Soul, by Calvin Miller comes this analogy:

An African myth tells of a tribe whose people noticed that their cows were not giving as much milk as they once did.  In spying on their cows at midnight, they noticed a beautiful young woman carrying a large pail and floating down to earth on a moon ray.  She milked their cows and went back to the skies.  One the following night, when they trapped this thieving goddess, they discovered that she was the Sky Maiden, a member of a sky tribe who had no other way to get food for themselves.  The man who had trapped the Sky Maid promised to release her if she would return and marry him.  She agreed, but only if he would allow her to return to the sky for three days and prepare herself.  When she returned, she brought with her a large sealed box.  She told the man that she would marry him, but he must promise her he would never look inside the box.  They were married and for many weeks lived happily together, but one day when his wife was away from their hut, the bridegroom’s curiosity got the best of him.  He opened the box and looked inside.  He was amazed.  The box was empty.

“When the Sky Maid discovered that he had looked inside, she refused to be married to him any longer.  Her earthbound husband did not understand why she would leave him for so trivial a matter as an empty box.  She replied to him with these words: ‘I’m not leaving you because you opened the box, I thought you probably would.  I’m leaving you because you said it was empty.  It wasn’t empty; it was full of sky.  It contained the light and the air and the smells of my home in the sky.  When I went home for the last time, I filled that box with everything that was most precious to me to remind me of where I came from.  How can I be your wife if what is most precious to me is emptiness to you?’

“This parable explains the plight of God.  How is it that, when we mean so very much to God, he means so little to us?  Yet his love is unconditional.  It flows eternally toward us, whether or not we stop to love God in return.

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Rom. 5:6-8)

“God loves us to the extremity of the cross and says to us, ‘Look in the box.’  Grace fills the treasure chest of God.  Is His glorious love of no value?  Do you experience this love beyond all telling, or are you incriminated by Jeremiah’s cry, ‘Is it nothing to you?’ (Lam. 1:12)

How important are the treasures of God to you?

PRAYER: May what You treasure be our highest desire, and may we treasure those things more than our own lives!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks 02/21/11 – Looking in the Right Places

DayBreaks 02/21/11 – Looking in the Right Places

Do you remember playing “hide and seek” as a kid?  I always enjoyed being the one who did the hiding, not the one who did the seeking.  Now that I’m older and more forgetful, it seems I do a lot of “seeking” for things – I can’t remember where I put them or where it was that I last saw them!

 

Looking in the Right Places

In Matthew 6:17-34, Jesus talks about vision and light – where we look and what we look for.  One way to look at this section of Scripture is to see it that it describes how we view the world and our existence.

 

The first part talks about where we put our treasure, what we value – because that is what we will pursue (our heart will be where our treasure is.)  Then, verses 22-24 give us a clue about how our hearts form their treasure: it is what we put our eye/focus on.  If we have an unhealthy focus and look at the wrong things in life, we will be full of darkness.  If we look at the Light of the World, we will be full of light.

The remaining verses deal with our fears about what will happen to us if we put our eyes on the right things: will I have food, shelter, clothing?  Birds sing their song all day long and never worry about such things because God provides and they apparently trust in that.  (Which, as a side note makes me wonder: do birds and other animals have awareness of God?  They must – or otherwise this doesn’t make much sense – if they are just unthinking creatures, what is the point of saying that they don’t worry?  They would have to have the capacity to worry or this is a pretty meaningless statement by Jesus.)

Finally, verse 33 is the statement of what our focus and vision, and therefore our hearts, should be set upon: the kingdom of God and His righteousness.  This isn’t thinking about how righteous God is – it’s about the outworking of His righteousness in us!

It’s not easy in a world that bombards us with visual imagery of material things at every turn: billboards, magazines, newspapers, the Internet, television…all drawing our eyes away from spiritual things and trying to get us to focus on worldly things – food, clothing, raiment, power, position and worldly glory.  Fixing our eyes on those things is a symptom of a spiritual issue: that we think we must take care of ourselves because we don’t trust God to do it.

How do you set your eyes on the right things?  The heart of Jesus must be formed in us so that we see the world with His eyes and not our own.

PRAYER: Lord, how attracted we are to things that are destined to pass away!  Give us eyes to see value and worth and importance as You see it!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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