Before my husband and I became Christians, we were enslaved by materialism. This is a common form of spiritual bondage.
Years ago, we were sipping champagne in a jewellery store in the Caribbean Island of St. Martin. My husband bought me a beautiful pair of diamond ear studs, which I happily wore, until I lost one of them.
I bought another diamond to match the lost one, and had a jeweller re-set the diamonds into settings that were very secure. He assured me that it would be virtually impossible to lose these earrings.
Last week I touched my left ear lobe, and the earring was gone ! But the jeweller had promised….
Feeling sad , I got out my Swiffer mop to search for the earring. I felt like the woman in the Parable of the Lost Coin in Luke 15:8-9.
While I was mopping, the Holy Spirit reminded me that I was not yet entirely free from my attachment to jewellery. I remembered the times I had purchased jewellery over the internet, sight unseen, because it looked so sparkly !
By God’s grace, I found the lost earring, washed it and put the earrings in my jewellery case. My earlobes had been liberated !
I still wear jewellery, gifts from my husband, but for sure I have conquered the temptation of browsing for jewellery.
We are reminded in I Peter 3:4, that a gentle and quiet spirit is more desirable in God’s sight than the wearing of outward ornaments.