Occupy My Heart

You’ve probably heard of the Occupy movement; Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Washington D.C., Occupy Kansas City, and Occupy… well you get the point.  The occupy movement is a grassroots movement that states “the only thing we will promote openly is peaceful demonstrations.”  Various assemblies state their grievances on Facebook pages and Tweets from Twitter, however the occupy movement tends to be largely unfocused.  When there is focus, the focal point is on material, earthly goods.  We must challenge political and cultural trends that seek to pull focus away from God and instead spotlight monetary grievances and material goods.

 Matthew 6:24 states “… You cannot serve God and money.”

Too often we allow ourselves to get caught up in material goods and lose sight on our calling as disciples.  When I was baptized I made a commitment to allow Jesus Christ to occupy my heart.  I took an oath to serve God and become His servant.  I made a promise to share the good news of the gospel to those that I encounter.  I vowed to help bring about the cause of Zion.

 Joshua 24:15  “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

We must examine our lives and make sure we are living in accordance to will of God and not serving another master.  We must further open our hearts to be receptive to the spirit of God. If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ, invite the Lord to occupy your heart.  Worldly possessions and money are all for not, for they are temporary and fleeting; God is everlasting.

I personally oppose the Occupy Movement; I believe they concentrate on material goods, money and superficial substances. However, there have no doubt been social injustices and bureaucratic wrong doings by the United States government.  What injustices do you see?  What can we, a Community serving Christ, do to help correct these wrong doings?

4 thoughts on “Occupy My Heart

  1. I think you have overlooked the role of Occupy Faith, which has questioned the unhelpful separation of the material and spiritual. The two are deeply intertwined. When our society fails to treat all people with the respect and dignity they deserve as \’made in the image of God\’ that is both a material and a spiritual problem. The prophetic tradition in the bible, drawn on and elaborated by Jesus, saw no division between working for social justice and staying focused on the divine:
    http://occupyfaithnyc.com/
    http://www.occupyfaith.com/

  2. If we are going to let Jesus occupy our hearts we are going to have to bend down and wash the feet of our friends AND enemies. The parable of the sheep and goats IS about material goods and money. Christ didn’t double check people’s faith before He healed them. How do we work for social justice and still keep our focus on God? By obeying His commandment and love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves! How can we say we love God but ignore the plight of our neighbor?

  3. Anna says:

    I never thought of it that way. I viewed the Occupy movement as seeking social justice, something that I strongly support. However, you’re right that it focusses solely on material things. Social justice should be about more than money. My problem with the Occupy movement is that the 99% in the US is better off than the 99% in the rest of the world. Self-centered. But, how do we work for social justice and still keep our focus on God?

  4. Tim says:

    Well said Mikal. Ocupy My Heart could easily become a theme for a sermon, retreat week-end, childrens learning centre and much more. This gives life to new ways of seeing and talking and putting beliefs into action. I enjoyed your thoughts.
    God Bless.

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