One shovel of dirt can be brushed off, but too many and you are in trouble.
Recently I discovered this is something going on that is killing the vibrant faith, hope, and vision of a lot of great people, and maybe it has even been happening to you.
Faith is a spiritual substance that we live by, and it is in our hearts. Faith—believing that God has tremendous things for our lives and that we are called to walk in them, is the spiritual substance that causes those very God-ordained things to begin to take shape.
But when we get earth-centric instead of kingdom of God-centric, earth starts piling onto our faith, and burying it underneath its shovels of limitations, not-likely analyzing, and negative probabilities. It all begins to seem so real that your faith falls under the weight of it.
The Bible says in Matthew 6:19-21:
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Heaven and earth are the two places we touch as born-again believers, but if you allow your perspective to be earth’s perspective then you are going to have your outlook, vision, and heart covered over with a lot of dirt.
Instead, remind yourself of who you are, whose kingdom you belong to, and who is living in you. Then you’ll live from heaven in the earth. You see, you are seated in heavenly places. Your place of authority is in heaven not earth. Living from where your authority originates is the best way, and will keep you from getting covered over by humanity’s demands and the earthly perspectives that try to bury faith and hope.
I want to remind you of the story Jesus told of the talents in Matthew 25:14. The others used what was given to them and multiplied it, but one man, out of fear, buried his in the dirt, and everything he had was taken away.
“He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.”
Get your heart centered on Jesus—on His kingdom that you have been translated into. This will lift you out from under the dirt that has been burying your faith, hope, and vision.
It will get you back up and on top of all the circumstances that you face. Fear and disappointment will leave as you re-center and re-align your expectations with heaven’s view. I’ll leave you with this verse that talked about you in 1 John 3:1-3:
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.”
Setting your eyes on the kind of love that you have been loved with—the love that has made you a son or a daughter of God, will purify you, and get the dirt off of you so that you can see yourself and your life as God does.