All That Glitters


As we are walking in faith here on this temporary land, are we keeping our eyes on our true home? Or are we being enticed by the shiny distractions?

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:2, ESV)

For those of you who remember the movie, The Wizard of Oz, I’m sure you recall the red ruby slippers that Dorothy wore as she worked her way back home. As a kid, I was mesmerized by them and by the amazing, colorful land. For the life of me, I could not understand why she so wanted to return to Kansas when Oz offered glittery shoes and a lollipop guild.

Thirty-some-odd years later, I view that movie very differently. I was thinking about how so many of us Christians get caught up with things here on earth...with the distractions and temptations all around us, forgetting what is good and true.

But not Dorothy...within moments of arriving in the land over the rainbow that she had wished for, she quickly realized it had been a false dream...a façade.

From then on, she set her eyes on Kansas and as she walked her journey, engaged each person she met with tales of her true home. No one was spared hearing her passionate testimony.

What about us, ladies? As we are walking in faith here on this temporary land, are we keeping our eyes on our true home? Or are we being enticed by the shiny distractions of this world? Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2)

We need to put on, as shoes for our feet, the readiness given by the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15), and share the truth of our homeland with everyone we meet as we walk through this false, glittery world. Sometimes we aren’t too sue what to say, but the invitation to share will come when we are joyful hands and feet for Him. Let’s not be impressed by cheap, yellow brick roads, but set our eyes on Jesus, and share with others His promise of streets of gold. Preach the Gospel always, if necessary, use words!

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