"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye SEPARATE, saith The Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." ~ 2 Corinthians 6:17-18
I'd like to start off by bringing you to a scene in our biblical past... the poor widow who gave everything and walked away with nothing. Or so it would seem. Picture this, men and women were giving of their wealth, of what they could afford to give without actually causing any kind of financial pinch. They paraded their wealth before men and gave for all to see. Then, in walks this precious precious widow, ever faithful to God, who came with all she had and tossed it in the offering along with the wealth of those who had preceeded her.
I wonder, did she weigh her decision carefully before leaving her home on that particular day? Were worry and fear on her face as she walked forward to offer the only money she had remaining? What was she going to eat tonight? How would she pay for any personal needs she may have in the coming days? Jesus saw what she had done. What was His reaction? He called His disciples over! Hey guys, get over here, look at this! Jesus wanted to show them what a real act of FAITH looked like. He explained to them that this woman had given more than anyone else because she had given of her poverty while the others gave of their wealth.
Unlike this lady, we clutter our lives with a lot of 'hay and stubble.' We become comfortable with what we have and use it all to satisfy our fleshly desires. Then, when something threatens to take any of it away, even if it's the word of God, fear is right there to make us take our eyes off Who and What is really important and instead focus on what we may lose. Financial difficulties have a way of making people sort through their priorities and decide what's really important, but still the 'hay and stubble' remain. Why? Because we're using this 'hay and stubble' to satisfy our own desires instead of using what the Lord has blessed us with to bless others. This 'hay and stubble' are the very things that we're told by the world that we "need."
Moral of the story: Once you choose to give up the 'hay and stumble' to follow Christ, you will have to travel the NARROW PATH (the TRUTH has never and will never be popular), you might seem a lil odd, you might be termed 'old fashioned', but remember always that God sometimes needs to reshape and remold you into a vessel through which He can work miracles in the lives of others. Sometimes God needs to prune the branch severely in order for it to survive and produce much fruit. Know that when the Lord allows such times in your life, He's not just concerned with the "now" but is also looking ahead when the pruning will be fit to be used to fulfill His purpose in your life and in the lives of others.