What stays and what goes?
July 28, 2014
by Pastor Al Jones, New Life of Assembly of God Church, Cokato

I think it’s a safe assumption that a great majority of us have, at one time or another, been part of the garage sale process – proving the old adage, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” If you’ve been a host of such a sale, you’ve had to make the decision, “What stays, and what goes?” It can become a heated discussion sometimes, revealing the true values some hold to objects.

I would like to take a moment and relate this occasion to a story in the New Testament. The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 5 tells of a powerful chain of events in the life of Jesus. A man named Jairus, a ruler in the synagogue, approached Jesus to come and heal his daughter.

Along the way, we remember the miraculous healing of the woman with the issue of blood. Shortly after Jesus encourages her and sends her on her way, a message came to Jairus that his daughter had died. Jesus then says something powerful, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

As the scene unfolds in Jairus’ home, we see mourners comforting his wife in a show of support after such a tragedy. Jesus looks at the crowd and makes a startling statement, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” Those people that been there to show their support now turned into a crowd of jeerers – ridiculing Jesus for His outlandish declaration.

This is where the story gets interesting, and where I want to inject a truth of Jesus’ authority. You will notice in verse 40 of the chapter, that He put everyone outside except for His disciples and the parents. Those that did not believe were not a part of the miracle that was about to happen. Jesus decided who stayed and who left.

When we ask the Lord Jesus to be a part of our lives, we may find ourselves fighting Him for control over who or what stays and goes. He desires that we leave that decision to Him, but our love for the things of the flesh or in the world have value to us – we don’t want to part with them.

These things may show up in many ways – our friends, our activities and hobbies, our addictions, etc. These are things that do not glorify the Lord, but we hate to give them up. It’s then we begin to suffer in our walk with Jesus. He wants to streamline our lives, but we won’t let Him.

Hebrews Chapter 12, verse 1 says that we should get rid of the sin that (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us (Amplified version). When we let Jesus decide who or what stays in our lives, it’s then we can walk in His power, without restriction.

Will you allow Him to tell you what should stay and what should go?

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