We get a lot of things in life. I certainly have accumulated quite a few things, and continue to do so day after day, not always conscious of the amount of getting I am doing. Whether it’s clothes, music, coffee, more articles or books read, just simply more stuff, I continue to get.
Some say that the more you have, the better off you’ll be, be it experience or fame or money or friends. I haven’t yet decided to what extent I disagree with this statement, but I do disagree with it. More of these things doesn’t necessarily equate to being better off, it just simply means you have more. And sometimes more of those kinds of things make things more difficult. I know this all too well.
Yesterday I wrote about living a life of simple purpose, one that isn’t overwhelmed by all of the could’s and should’s that other people and the world hang over our heads, but that is filled with the simplicity of loving God and loving people. If Jesus really lived, really is who He says He is, really did what is claimed that He did, by dying on a cross and resurrecting three days later, if all of that is true, then His words are of more value and wisdom than those of any philosopher or teacher or sage, for He is the embodiment of power and wisdom.
I encourage you (and at the same time hopefully encourage myself), if you are a getter like me, begin to get more of Jesus. With wisdom comes simplicity, and with simplicity comes fresh air. You and I don’t need more stuff. We need more wisdom. We need more understanding. We need more room to breathe, more fresh air. The accumulation of the world’s wisdom is just smog.
We can’t avoid getting. We’re humans and we are alive, so we will get. But, in the words of Solomon the wise:
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7)
The wisdom of God is on the cross of Jesus. If we look there, our getting may change.