Do You Really Need It?

In his book Maverick, Ricardo Semler writes: “We were in yet another meeting…when we came to the purchase of fifty thousand dollars’ worth of file cabinets. We didn’t buy a single new file cabinet that day. Instead we decided to stop the company for half a day and hold the first biannual file inspection and clean-out…Our instructions were simple: we told everyone to look inside every file folder and purge every nonessential piece of paper …I was one of Semco’s biggest file hogs, with four large cabinets and a request for two more. After our cleanup, I trimmed down to a single cabinet, and that was pretty much how it went throughout the company…The cleanup went so well that when everyone had finished, Semco auctioned off dozens of un-needed file cabinets.”

The Bible says: “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and…run with endurance the race…set before us.” Now, we tend to focus on “sins” and overlook “weights,” because sins are easy to identify and weights aren’t. But often, weights are what keep us from running our best race. The problem with success is that it gives you options you didn’t have before, like owning more stuff and having to maintain it.

How can you know what’s good for you and what’s not?

“No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11 NKJV) It’s simple, really: If God withholds it, you don’t need it!

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 NKJV) When you make Jesus the Lord of your life, His desires become yours, and those are desires God will fulfil…definitely.

“Let us lay aside every weight.” Hebrews 12:1 NKJV

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