Thursday, March 7, 2013

1 Corinthians 13:3 “If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

I like to think I am not a materialistic person.  For the most part I do not cling to items and having things does not make me feel better or happier.  It is easy for me to say that because I have so much.  There are two cars in my two car garage and a pantry full of food in my kitchen.  I have a beautiful home and a big yard for the kids to play in.  There is a great garden for growing produce in the summer and toys are never ending.  Our closets are full and so are the chests of drawers.  Water and electricity flow without fail in my home.  If I were asked to give up all my possessions in the name of love, would I hesitate and give reasons beyond reasons why I shouldn't?  My kids need a ...  We can’t be healthy without...  In Colorado you have to have...  I am not feeling called to give away all my possessions and I don’t believe most people are.  I do think we need to look at things with a different view.  Our possessions do not give us love and they do not give us the ability to love.  Love transcends the physical tangible world.  Let go of your things, even your person and turn them all over to the Lord so that He may in turn fill you will a love beyond anything you can imagine.  When we let go, we gain much.

As I sort through things and donate, sell or give away stuff, remind me that I am making room for more love.  Clear away the clutter and possessions that I cling to so that I may hold on to you more deeply and then share your love more fully.  Amen.