What's my attitude toward my possessions?
Jesus tells the young man who comes to him, “Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." The man “went away sad, for he had many possessions.” (Mark 10:17-30) The man, while desiring to do more, was not happy with Jesus’ answer because of his attachment to his many possessions and his probable comfortable lifestyle.
Jesus reminds us that there is much more to life and happiness than having stuff and being comfortable. He challenges us to consider what we are truly striving for, on what are we placing our focus, and in what are we placing our hope and trust. Do we rely on our own endeavors in striving to obtain a certain level of comfortable existence? Or do we surrender our need for stuff and comfort to trust in God to meet our needs? More than being about rich or poor and having possessions, this challenge from Jesus is about our attitudes.
Let us reflect on our attitudes toward our possessions and lifestyle this week. Ask Holy Spirit to empower you to discern your true motives and attitudes. Then listen and be ready to act when Holy Spirit moves you to make changes. I can guarantee it will not be easy. It is difficult to let go, which is why so many of us walk away sad, like the man in the story. While we say we want to follow Jesus more closely, we may desire to do so on our terms rather than on Jesus’ terms. Consider what small step you might take to begin to surrender your life, your stuff, your hopes and dreams to Jesus; then open your heart to let him lead you.