“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.”
When I go to the thrift store I often come back with a garbage-bag-size sack of frugal finds! I am so excited about my abundance of like-new fashions until…I realize I have nowhere to put them. My walk-in closet, my dresser drawers, even my cedar chest are already full.
That means it’s time to clean out. I need to part with some of my old clothes to make room for the new. Sometimes I find it difficult to part with my old garments. A suit from the ’90s…it fit so well. My favorite red sweater is pilly…but it’s so comfortable. That lavender blouse I bought on sale at JCPenney, but never wore…it’s brand new, “someday” I’ll wear it.
My spiritual life may be like my overstuffed closet. I may need to get rid of my selfishness…but it fits so well. I should throw out my pride…but it’s so comfortable. And I secretly hang on to my controlling behavior…oops it’s not so secret now.
But God asks me to be like Jesus, to empty myself like I empty my closet. Clear out the old to make room for the new. Instead of selfishness…selflessness. Rather than pride…humility. Desiring God’s way… instead of demanding my own.
So let’s empty our lives of all our own agendas and desires to make room for God.
What does God want you to throw out today? Has He ever asked you to sacrifice something in order to make more room for Him?