Fashion, Success, Money.. Oh, This Life.

It hit me.

Last night.

Like a feather yet like a brick.

 

It’s what I’ve known but never really known.

It fully explains the condition of my heart.

For some reason lately, I have had a deep lack of care and desire for materialistic things. For fashion. For success. For money.

I thought it rather odd at first, because all around me is a pursuit for these very things.

But here it is, my friend:

 

I have Christ Jesus.

He is the richest treasure I will ever hold.

He is the highest title and success and status I will ever be given.

He is the upmost pleasure and satisfaction my soul will ever know.

 

My treasure is in Christ Jesus.

My success is in Christ Jesus.

My pleasure is in Christ Jesus.

 

I have it all. I have found the highest and the most, the greatest and grandest.

I have captured the sun, now lightbulbs appear dim.

I have the ocean in my hand, so the pools seem shallow.

I have the roaring wind, so the fan is faint.

I have fire blazing, so the match is timid.

 

I have the glory of glory in Christ Jesus.

Real glory. Real deepness. Real joy.

Real treasure.

Real success.

Real satisfaction.

Real love.

 

I think it’s but a natural thing for my heart to lose interest and passion for the things of this world once meeting Jesus.

He’s more.

I’ve tasted Ghirardelli’s and am never going back to Hershey’s.

I’ve found something better. Sweeter. Richer.

 

It sounds all pretty and poetic. It sounds passionate and poised.

But let me tell you:

It doesn’t really look like that.

It’s so utterly contrary to this world.

To this culture, to this generation, to this time.

The world around me is all about moving up, about buying a new car with the brand logo standing up on the hood, about seeking the most aesthetic, most beautiful comfort and immersing in it.

 

And I look around, and by the grace of God, see it empty.

It’s not that I don’t think those things would be nice and fun and comforting and exciting.

But more so that those things are going to be pleasing for a quick moment, a hot minute..

But the glory in Christ Jesus is glory forever.

 

Faith in the Kingdom of Heaven is real. Soon, and soon enough, the Kingdom of Heaven will really and actually be my home. Our home.

Soon, and soon enough, we will actually see our sweet Jesus.. eyes of fire and hair as white as wool, “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” written on his thigh.

Soon, and soon enough, death and mourning and pain will actually be but the faintest of memories. And so will success and fashion and money- all but the faintest of memories.

We will live in perfect goodness, bound and knit together by love alone, for the deepest moment of eternity we have yet known.

 

When I read through Jesus teaching, I wonder why I always hear Jesus saying, “Truly, truly…”

Sometimes, I can’t help but to think that it’s because we are creatures of knowledge but not necessarily understanding. I “know” that the Kingdom of Heaven is my home, but I don’t really know it.

“Truly, truly.” He beckons our hearts into understanding.

Truly, truly, my sister, hear this:

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

When Christ who is your life appears, then you will appear with him in glory.

Colossians 3:1-4

 

It says it all.

May the words formed by syllables become living and active, piercing to our souls.

We have been raised with Christ. Oh, if we could know but a drop, a shadow, a glimpse of the glory that contains! We have been raised with Christ.

Since we are raised with Christ, may we seek Him. May we set our hearts on Heaven. May a heavenly thinking, understanding, and reality seep into our days.

It’s simple: my life is in Christ. It’s above. My truest life I have not yet known, yet know to be true.

And when He appears, so will I, with Him, in glory.

This. My real life.

Yet here and now, while we are still living on this side of eternity- if we have been raised with Christ, it means we have also died with Christ. Died to ourselves. Died to this world. Pierced and crucified.

“…by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galatians 6:14

 

So I’m done.

I’m done believing that materialistic things hold any value. That they bring about the pleasure I crave. That they will fill a deep void.

I’m done buying into the cultural attitude that the style of my clothes, the aesthetics of my decorations, the appearance of my lifestyle matter at all.

I’m done striving for man-made titles and success and money, thinking my worth, thinking the adoration and favor from my Father rests on those.

I’m done.

 

It’s chasing the wind.

 

I have my sweet Jesus.

My life is hidden with Christ in God. In the heavenly places.

And Christ has for me an inheritance of riches that are heavenly prized- ones that can’t fade nor collect dust.

It’s not just a pretty thought.

It’s my reality.

Truly, truly.

 

May the Lord grant us grace to see that we are heading towards diamonds while standing amidst dust.

May He give us vision to see the Kingdom here, now.

May He set our hearts firmly on the love, on the inheritance of Christ Jesus. Each and every day, until the highest of our hopes becomes more real than we ever could’ve imagined.

 

Sisters, our life is Christ.

Oh, Christ Jesus. What a deep and joyful life is found in you!  May we know it to be ever true.

 

With much, much love. And a sense of freedom to live radically for my Christ Jesus. -Melissa

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14 thoughts on “Fashion, Success, Money.. Oh, This Life.

  1. I love this! I love your heart for Jesus and how you let Him speak through you… I truly needed this today, sister, as I need it every day; to be reminded that Jesus is better than anything this world has to offer, and all He asks of me is to humbly seek Him, and in so doing, I find rest in His presence… My heart is full of Jesus’ love for me, and now I can sleep peacefully; knowing that His love is more than enough. Amen.

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    1. Sarah Jo,
      First off- I LOVE your name! So cute!! Now- amen! Jesus is better than anything this world has to offer.. when we seek Him, He draws near and just fills us to the brim, fills us to the overflow with His love. Yes, sleep peacefully knowing that your sweet Savior loves you wholly and divinely. You are HIS! How wonderful!
      Much love to you, my friend!

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  2. Sweet Melissa, What a beautiful post! What a sweet reminder of where our treasure lies and in whom our treasure is! You are always a blessing to me! I will pass this on to my daughters so your words can encourage and bless them too.

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    1. Cheryl,
      I love what you said- where our treasure lies and in whom our treasure is! Beautiful! Thank you for your sweet words…. I appreciate them as they are such a blessed encouragement to me!! Hope your daughters enjoy, too. ❤ Much love to you!!

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  3. My sweet daughter Lauren sent me this. What beautiful truths for me to start my day with–truly, truly!

    Thank you for pointing us to the ONE who truly satisfies and reminding us to live for what is eternal and to set our hearts on things above. Above all else “guard your hearts”.!

    Allison Wagner

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    1. Allison,
      Awh I am so glad that you enjoyed this start to your day- filled with the beautiful truth of our treasure in Jesus! Thank you so much for your encouragement.. it means so much!! Amen- above all else, guard our hearts in Christ Jesus! May we always have the conviction that our richest treasure is found in Him alone.
      Much love to you, my friend!!

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    1. Kelsey,
      I am so glad that you loved this! Yes, I need this reminder day in and day out. Such a beautiful truth to fall upon our hearts! Thank you for your kind words… they mean so much. ❤ Much love, my friend!

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  4. Again through your words God has spoken to my heart. Jesus is the ultimate. Riches and titles are for a moment.
    Thank you for sharing. The Lord is really using you mightly.9

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  5. What a blessing this message is for everyone! Too many people have their hearts set on material things, and yes, like you say, it’s our Sweet Jesus that truly brings us happiness!! Thank you Melissa!

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    1. Awh yes- true happiness, joy, riches… and all other good things are in Jesus! “For we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18. Love you so much Grandma!!

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