Struggling with “Stuff”

Jesus is having a conversation with the rich young man in a text in the Bible. Jesus tells him to sell all that he has, give it to the poor, and follow Him.

The young man can’t do that, and the disciples are stunned. They are unsure how to react. This doesn’t make sense.

So, they talk to Jesus, what are we to do? If that guy isn’t going to be faithful and follow, who can? Peter, as always gives voice to their fears and concerns. Listen to what happens in Matthew 9:27-30:

Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world,when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

IHeartMyStuffZipperPouchPeter says, ok, we’ve done it. We’ve left it all to follow you. What will happen to us?

Jesus tells them, anyone that has left what they have to follow me, they will receive ten-fold in eternity.

For, this world is not our home. This world is not the end. This world is just the beginning.

One of my struggles is with my “stuff.” I love my “stuff.” I love my iPad, my iPhone, all my stuff. I’m a geek. I like stuff.

Stuff is not bad. Anytime we read these passages we are tempted to think that our “stuff” is bad.

That’s not what He’s saying. What He’s saying is this. You can’t love your stuff more than you love Him.

You can’t love your “stuff” more than you love Jesus. When you do that, that’s when you get in trouble. The stuff of this world is fading. It will not last. It will pass away.

The stuff of God is unfading. Everlasting. Full of life and hope and glory forever.

So, our stuff is ok. Our hope is in Jesus.

Today, where is your hope? In your stuff? Or in Jesus? Only one is everlasting and truly gives life.

Today, may we find that life in Jesus.

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