Thomasville Times Enterprise

January 4, 2014

Are you clinging to your earthly possessions?

Aaron Stolarik
CNHI

— On Christmas morning, I watched my girls open their presents. They were just like little tornados as they opened them one-by-one and shouted with excitement.

Each gift was quickly unwrapped and set off to the side. Then, came the realization that there was nothing left to unwrap. The frenzy was over and a hint of disappointment crossed their faces.

Isn’t that the way life is? We have years and years of unwrapping presents without ever truly being satisfied until the day we find the gracious gift of salvation through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

As we all know, this life will end one day. We have had loved ones pass away and see what they have left behind. Houses, cars and all of their possessions stay right where they left them. We divide them among family members, have yard sales and donate to charity organizations.

Still, each day we go out and collect more and more. We do this because we are so deceived into thinking that the more we have the happier we will be.

As I mentioned earlier, there is only one way to be satisfied, and His name is Jesus.

In Matthew 19:21, Jesus said, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then, come, follow me." He was speaking to a rich, young man who had many possessions. It goes on to say that the young man left deeply upset because he didn’t want to give up his earthly things.

Jesus tells us that we need nothing but to follow Him. That is almost an impossible thought for most of us. However, there are people in other countries that have no luxuries but are following Jesus with joy every moment of every day. They know that this life will pass, but their future is secure in Jesus.

What would it take for us to get to the place where we say, “Take it all, I have Jesus?

Earlier in Matthew, Jesus said, "Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them and where thieves break in and steal.” He was very clear about earthly possessions because He knew how our hearts would start to desire them over Him. That being said, are possessions bad? Absolutely not, but are you holding on to them tighter than you are holding on to Jesus? Let us all take a moment and sincerely look at where our treasures lie. This life can be over in the blink of an eye, and like the old saying goes, “You will never see a hearse pulling a U-Haul.”