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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Luggage (08/15/05)

TITLE: Essentials For Your Journey
By John Abercrombie
08/21/05


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Check your luggage. No knives. No razor blades. No nail files. No guns. No bombs. Clothes, toothbrush, a gift for a friend, a book, even a computer - all OK. Have you ever sat in the airport and wondered what is so important to lug along? There are things we could not possibly live without.

All the passengers got out safely, yet the luggage was left behind. Their efforts were to escape with their lives. Luggage wasn’t so important then. Charred and broken apart, drenched by the hoses extinguishing the fires, it was worthless.

The soldier behind enemy lines carries all of his sustenance on his back. His pack carries all of his necessities. In preparation to attack the enemy he drops his pack so as to be more agile and mobile as he fights the enemy. The demands of the attack make his essentials of little worth, for a time.

“Come unto Me all you who are weak and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” There is, you see, good luggage, luggage of convenience, and bad luggage. Jesus calls us to take up the baggage of our own means of execution when He said, “Take up your cross and follow me.” The Hebrew writer expounds when he tells us to let us lay aside every weight, and the sin, which so easily ensnares us.

What luggage should we take? The luggage of the Word will become a sword with which you can defend yourself. The luggage of the armor of God and the shield of faith will ward off the fiery darts of the enemy of your soul. The rocks of sin in your luggage weigh you down and waste the energy you need in the fight.

Every one of us carries luggage. Some of it is essential; some of it destructive. What makes the luggage from Jesus so light? It has all we need without the weight of sin. He bore that and took it away from us. What is left is what we need for our journey. Even our cross is not so heavy as His.


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Jan Ackerson 08/26/05
Lots of good metaphors here.
Tisha Martin08/26/05
This is a good article with lots of different illustrations, comparing them with the material against the spiritual. Would suggest expounding this into a longer piece to make it an insightful read. Great job!
Shari Brian08/27/05
Good ideas. I liked the first paragraph but got lost in the transition to paragraph 2. I'd like each idea to be given a little more time and explanation.