“Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life.”[Mark 10:12 NKJV] The man who asked the question appeared sincere, and the question was a good one. He wanted to know, after hearing Jesus what was required to gain eternal life. Jesus looked into his heart noted the man needed some major spiritual house cleaning. So Jesus told him to go and sell all his possessions and give the money to the poor. The reply offered a promise, and a set of instructions. Jesus said you will have treasure but not on earth, but in heaven. Problem! He had lots of treasure on earth right now. And the instructions required him to picking up the cross, an object of ridicule and disgrace and follow Jesus. Give up position, prominence and become poor and the object of ridicule, what was Jesus asking?
Jesus was asking the man to rid himself of those things that strangle the life out of him, and focus his attention on Jesus who is the authority and finisher of our faith. A little leaven spoils the whole. Too much stuff blinds and robs us. We fail to see life. We fail to become what the world needs. Things grab, hold, and weigh us down. They become objects of our attention morning, noon and night. We don’t see the hurting, lost, and wounded. We are blinded by the adoration of others because of our wealth. And we certainly don’t listen to the call of the Master. Our lives are spent buying, organizing and storing our stuff. We have parties to show off our stuff. We build fences and create elaborate system to keep our stuff out of the hands of thieves and robbers. We build or move to bigger houses so we can buy more stuff. Our possessions rule and control us.
Jesus told the disciples that it will be hard for the rich to enter the kingdom, not because he is opposes to wealth, but He understands what great wealth can do to the soul. It [wealth] changes our perspectives and priorities. Christ came to give us an abundant life. He wants the church to show how to manage this life and all that is associated with it. Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness, then all the other stuff [possessions] will be added. Only then will our possessions serve a useful purpose. Our focus will be to use them to advance the Kingdom.
Today, as you look around at your stuff, commit to a spiritual house cleaning, and put those possessions where they belong, under the control and leadership of the Lord Jesus Christ.