Recently we moved from one county to another. I work from home, but my husband does not, which meant that most days I would be packing alone. At times this was very overwhelming. Not only was I packing this home for five people on my own, but we were also down-sizing into a smaller home. This feat seemed almost impossible for me to do in such a limited amount of time. There were days I was so exhausted I wanted to drop everything and fall to my knees in tears, but I knew I had to fall to knees in prayer instead, to pray for the strength, endurance, and focus to get it done in time. This was one of the hardest moves I had ever made and there was nothing I could do to make it any easier.
On one of those overwhelming days, I heard the Lord’s voice speak to me clearly, “You’re packing too heavy” He said. That’s when I realized we had too many things; that over the years we had accumulated too many items. We had stored up too many treasures. Matthew 6:19-21 teaches us,
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in Heaven where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desire of your heart will also be.” Amen.
We don’t think about these things too often as we buy items 1 thing at a time. Its just one thing. Until the house is filled, every corner with just one more item. We think we just have the things we need, but in reality most of us have a little more than that. We could all probably live on a lot less than what sits before us, and we would do just fine without it.
We see many times within the bible Jesus says, “Sell your belongings and follow Me”. We see this written in Luke 18:22 when a religious leader asks Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life, and he tells Jesus that he has kept the commandments throughout his entire life, “When Jesus heard his answer, He said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.”
However, the man is saddened by the response that Jesus has given him because the man is very rich and does not want to give up his belongings. Verse 24 and 25 then reveals, “When Jesus saw this, he said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God! In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
God wants each of us to live an abundant life, but what He does not want is for the desire for an abundant life to become greater than the desire for an eternal life. We must be more concerned with the condition of our hearts than we are with the condition of our living rooms. Laundry can be washed, but it takes true repentance to cleanse our souls, and prayer and worship to draw us closer to the Lord. God cares more about the time we spend in our prayer closets than the time we spend in our clothes closet. He wants us to seek His face more than we seek a face full of makeup.
Jesus isn’t asking us to give away everything we have. He’s asking us to re-prioritize our lives. But sometimes it really does mean that we have to physically go through our things and see what we can give to others. I knew that’s what it meant for me in the natural as well as in the spiritual world. I knew it was time for me to go through my things and my family’s belongings and start giving things away to charity.
At the same time, I knew that this meant a season of spiritual cleansing for me as well. Along with these treasures that I had stored up over the past several seasons, what baggage had I been carrying that I had tucked away in my heart? Was I holding on to any pain, anger, or resentment? Had I lost hope or faith? Was I losing interest in any areas of ministry? Was I afraid or reluctant to engage when I should? Were there things that I was placing more importance on than I should have?
I had to take a deep look into all of these things and be honest with myself because God is complex and won’t just bring you to one place for one purpose. It stung me when I realized that I could say yes to almost all of these things.
I was hurting from situations I hadn’t realized I was still holding on to. I was still angry at people I thought I had forgiven. I lost my self confidence on those things I thought I could do, which meant I lost hope that I could accomplish some of the goals I was once striving toward. Losing faith. I never thought I had lost any faith, but I realized that if I lost hope in any area of my life then it also meant that I had lost faith in God to move those mountains for me. This was the hardest truth for me to face.
I hadn’t realized that I was moving farther away from those things that I once loved and ultimately covering them with excuses. And for you it might look different, but if you’re reading this then God has brought you here for a reason because there is no coincidence in God, so know that He is trying to reveal something to you today.
We all have our seasons where we may unintentionally take a step back from some things even if we intended to do it differently. It’s normal. It’s not a failure. It’s called being human. But the beautiful thing about God is that He won’t ever leave us where we are; He will always lift us up and prompt us to grow in Him, and this could very well be one of those moments for you before you walk off too far.
Go into your prayer closet and ask God to reveal to you where you are storing up your treasures, what you can do to serve Him best and to serve others, and what areas of your life are in need of cleansing and healing, so that you can continue to store your treasures in heaven where moths cannot destroy and thieves cannot break in, so that you can better follow the Lord. God bless you!
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 “The Cheerful Giver” The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
Father God, we thank You that You are always here with us, revealing Your will and the desire of Your heart for our lives. We thank You for the awakening and the opportunity to store up our treasures in heaven rather than on this earth that will one day fall away. We ask that you would cleanse our hearts and our minds, healing and restoring us into a new creation in You. We thank You for blessings us so abundantly that we are able to be a help for others in many different ways. Help us to cheerfully sweep through our homes and be freed of those things we don’t need, that we would give away those things that moth can destroy and give to someone in need. We thank You for blessing us with this opportunity to give to others and to follow You with open hands. Thank You for cleansing our lives, our hearts and our souls. We look forward to our treasures stored in heaven! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!
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