This has been a tough week. We went through all our possessions, moved them out of the house that we had made a home, and sent them off to be sold. Sometime around day two, I was struck by the reality that Jesus’ words about selling your stuff was more than just about cashing the value of your earthly possessions for Kingdom work. As I sorted through box after box, I saw 18 year old mementos from first dates, coming home outfits for each of my children, special ornaments from year after year that hung on our tree. There were plaques of gratitude and “treasures” with which one should never part. All this stuff reminding me of the kingdom I have built here… And I realized it was hard. It is hard to sell something for $.50 that you think is worth millions…
I decided midweek that I would rather burn it all than to sell my stuff to someone who will never know what those things meant to our family.
But that is not what Jesus called us to because He knows that there is a pair of heart strings tied right to our stuff telling us just what we value. “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:32–34, ESV)
So, it is sold, and my heart is free. I still have the memories of all the beautiful moments… I just no longer have the weight of all the stuff pulling my attention from my King. I am focusing of Jesus’ words to proceed without fear. I am trying to understand that the treasures that are eternal come from the One Who is eternal. I can’t say that I am “there.” That I get it. I am saying that I am simply trying to focus on the heels of Jesus as I try to follow Him and trust Him that He is enough… Because He is enough.