Object Lesson - What's In Your Purse?
Julia Bettencourt


Please Note

This devotional is geared to use as an object lesson with items that you would place in a purse. The item is listed, along with a spiritual application. Place all the items into a purse, remove the appropriate item, and give the application.
    The Items Needed are the Following:
  • Purse (To hold items)
  • Keys
  • Cell Phone
  • Wallet (to hold drivers license and money /credit card)
  • Drivers License
  • Money/Credit Card
  • Sunglasses
  • Package of Tissues (small purse/travel size package)
  • Container of Hand Lotion (small purse/travel size)
  • Hair Brush
  • Tube of Lipstick



What's In Your Purse?

Julia Bettencourt

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me, and gave himself for me.   Galatians 2:20



As I was waiting in the car today to pick up my kids from school, I was looking through my purse, a very large purse, for a pen. When I couldn't find one right away, it struck me that I should really clean out my purse. It's such a pretty purse on the outside but it sure is messy on the inside. It's bad when you have to pull your wallet out quickly in order to pay for something and then put it away really fast because you're afraid someone's going to see what a mess your purse is inside.

My husband has dubbed me, Queen of Receipts because I save them for everything. You know, just in case I might need one for something. They sure do clutter up my purse. Okay, if you must know, the only time I've ever used one of those receipts is on a few rare occasions when I've made my kids get rid of their gum on the way to church or somewhere and I've used an old receipt out of my purse to wrap that ole' gum in until I can find a trashcan.

There are a lot of other things that don't belong in my purse either. As I was thinking about my purse today I was reminded of that icebreaker game we ladies sometimes play at meetings or retreats. What's In Your Purse? Several items are called out and the winner is the one who can find the most items called in their purses. It's kind of a fun game and I chuckled to myself just thinking about the times I've played that game with other Christian ladies over the years. Then it struck me that I could be asked almost anything and I'd have it on hand in my purse.

Why do I put in all those things to carry around with me when I go somewhere? Some of them are just so unnecessary. I think that I do that as a Christian too. I get up and pop in my bag a lot of unnecessary things that I don't need to be carrying around with me throughout the day. Maybe I should just stick to the basics and take along in my purse just some necessities.

Cell Phone.
The first thing I'd better put in my purse is my communication devise, which is prayer of course. If I need something, all I need to do is pray and the Lord is there to hear me.

I don't talk on my cell phone much but it sure is nice to have that safe feeling of knowing it's there. It gives me a sense of security. Having that open communication with Christ throughout the day gives me an even greater sense of security.

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Keys.
I'll need my keys to drive my car and to unlock the house door when I come home. Faith is the key that unlocks doors so that's something I surely don't want to leave behind. Have you ever locked yourself out of your car or out of your house? That is such a helpless feeling when you are left without your keys. It's the same way when we leave faith out of our lives. We're stuck and helpless as Christians. Faith is imperative to our survival each day.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh
to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6


Drivers License.  (In Wallet)
Next I'd better pop in my identification. Having that card in my wallet that has my picture on it and says I can drive is great because not only can I drive with it but it serves as identification for me too. My identification with Christ gives me even greater benefits; I have eternal life through Him. If I remember my identification with the Lord it will make me think a little more about the way I act and react throughout my day. I'm one of God's children.

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the
children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and
joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that
we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:16,17


Money or Debit Card. (In Wallet)
If I'm going out to run errands, I'm usually going to end up spending some money or having to use my debit card in case I need to make some purchases. Instead of just investing in earthly things, I hope I find myself laying up some treasure in Heaven throughout my day.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and
rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But
lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust
doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For
where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:19-21


Sunglasses.
I'll want to keep a pair of sunglasses with me. I hope I can remember to look through my eyes throughout the day as Christ would. I need to see with eyes of love, compassion, and kindness.

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love,
if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfill ye my joy,
that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one
mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of
mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man
on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind
be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God,
thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation,
and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:1-8


Package of Tissues.
Better throw a pack of tissues into my purse. I need to be reminded to shed a few tears for others souls. I trust I'll have a tender heart when it comes to the question of eternity for those I meet throughout my day.

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Psalm 126:5

Hand Lotion.
I'll need to drop in a tube of hand lotion before I go. I need to be reminded to put a little softness into my day when I react to situations and to people that I come in contact with.

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous
words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1


Hairbrush.
I can't forget to take along a hairbrush. I'd better brush through my worries, as I don't want those tangling up my day. I need to brush them away by meditating on God's Word.

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth
what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:8

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall
we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these
things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that
ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take
thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the
evil thereof. Matthew 6:31-34


Lipstick.
I might need a touch up so I'd better include a tube of lipstick in my purse. I need to be reminded to put some praise and singing on my lips everywhere I go throughout my day.

I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall
continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1


Conclusion:
It is so easy to get up in the morning and drop in some unnecessary things to take along with us as we go about our day. Sometimes I take grumpiness or a bad attitude with me on my way. Those things really clutter up my life. You may have some other things that you carry with you all the time that are getting in your way of serving Christ on a daily basis. I think sometimes we need to turn our lives upside down and dump everything out except for those things that honor Christ. We need to be tidy with our Christian lives and just have those things at our fingertips that please the Lord.

So, what's in your purse?

Copyright ©2001-2013 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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