“But seek His kingdom, and these things will be provided for you. Don’t be afraid, little flock, because Your Father delights to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Make money-bags for yourselves that won’t grow old, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:31-34)
Our family has so much. There are days when I look around my house and am actually sickened by the sight of all of the “stuff”. Over time we have accumulated so many things that we thought that we needed. A few times a year, I whirlwind around the house, organize and load up the excess, do a drop off at Good Will, and then vow never to buy another thing! In fact, after returning from a missions trip to Haiti this summer, I had determined to never buy another useless item. Yeah, so ask me how that is going…
And now, we have entered in to the Christmas season. Walking through Target the other day, I noticed the stacks of toys on the shelves piled up very high above the height of the steps. Once again, I found myself vowing that I would not cave into societal pressure to buy my kids more “stuff” that will end up at Good Will in a few months. Yeah, so ask me how that is going…
Clearly Jesus tells us to sell our possessions and give to the poor. God wants us to choose priorities that are designed to reap inexhaustible heavenly dividends. These are what should be the treasures of my heart. Yet I am so sucked in to this world. Sure, we have adopted families at Christmas, donated to charities, served at shelters, and we have even gone and helped the people of Haiti. But I still find myself frustrated at my weakness to give into the temptation of the lies that tell me that things will make me happy. I know the truth. I know what God has to say about material possessions, but I am still so easily swayed.
Thankfully God is full of grace. He knows where I am weak, and He knows when I fail. But praise God! He loves me anyway. AND I think that He has placed a stirring in my heart. Obviously I have a long way to go in this area. But I do know that I am beginning to move in a new direction here. The things of this world are so temporary, so unfulfilling. God is working on my heart and beginning to transform me into the woman who He wants me to be.
Thank You for loving me so much and for being so patient with me. Forgive me, Lord, for having a heart that clings so tightly to this world. I praise You for being willing to grow me into a woman after Your own heart. I love You, Jesus!