The shortest verse in the bible yet, it holds so much meaning. As a refresher to the story, Jesus cries because His friend Lazarus died. He felt the pain of humanity and the sadness of death. He showed compassion and sympathy. And then he raised Lazarus from the dead.
Jesus says “Lazarus, come out!” and a once dead man walked out of the burial cave. In calling him, he is calling all of us to come out…to come out from sin, to come out from selfishness, and to come out from materialism.
I’ve heard this bible story many times, but hearing the Gospel today at church as how we can come out and walk away from these burdens was a new angle and just what I needed to hear.
A call to walk away from materialism. This is a big attitude change. This isn’t scrolling through Pinterest and focusing on getting THAT dream kitchen. Or coveting more Instagram likes or followers. OR the bigger, better house or the job with more money. Sounds shallow in writing but I know many of us get distracted by these material things often, it’s only human. I know I do. Don’t get me wrong, wanting to do well and contribute in this world is not a bad thing but it needs to be fueled by the heart not the want for possessions and status.
So here I am putting it in writing, to do better. To focus less on the tangibles and more on virtuous intangibles. After all, what is the tenth commandment? “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.” It includes being greedy, jealous or envious of what others have.
I don’t know about you but when I take comparison out of my life, I am better for it. Replacing it with being grateful for what I have and my many blessings is the sweet spot.
With Easter around the corner, let’s keep it sweet.