Jesus said, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)
Again, Jesus said, “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Luke 16:13)
So I wonder, “How attached am I to my possessions?”
I have a counter above the sink in my apartment. One of the items I keep there is a small pad of paper to jot notes down in. This afternoon I accidentally knocked it into my sink which happened to have water in it. My notebook was ruined and I found myself very irritated. A perfectly good notepad down the drain, so to speak.
Thinking about it later I wondered, “If I am so attached to STUFF that I feel grief over the loss of a $1 notepad, how much would it hurt me if I lost things I really cared about? Horrors! how much would it hurt if I lost everything I own?”
I decided it would hurt a lot. Uh-oh… I don’t want to be a slave and follower to stuff, I want to be a slave and follower of Jesus. If it hurts me at all – even the least little bit – to get rid of stuff, then I’m holding on to things too tightly.
So, I’ve decided to try selling some of my stuff on eBay.
After rummaging through some old junk, here’s what I’ve started with so far: