When Jesus sent out the 70 disciples, He told them not to take anything–not even an extra change of clothes!
The early church sold all of their extra stuff (they shared everything else) and dumped the money at the apostles’ feet.
The widow in the temple gave everything she had.
Paul teaches us the secret of contentment: Do all things through Christ who strengthens you whether you’re broke or rich.
We’re told to not covet in The 10 Commandments and by Jesus Himself.
We’re told to seek The Kingdom first because God is the supplier of our every need.
And I could keep going with examples!
I’m packing up to move and I wonder if I’m too greedy…
Am I willing to give everything away?
To share everything?
To see my life–time, giftings, possessions, and money–as simply a means to help others?
I want to say yes. I want it to be an all-the-time truth, but I struggle…
Can’t something be mine?
Here was God’s answer:
Yes, the one thing no one can take away is your relationship with Me. What else do you want?
God is an all-in kind of Father. He gave us everything He had. Nothing was held back from us.
I want to be that kind of person.
I want to be all-in.
My life was so empty before my relationship with God. No amount of success or approval or stuff could fill the void.
My response to His great grace is that I want to live a life stripped bare of anything that keeps me from being full of Him, of His overflowing love.