What Are We Holding Onto?

I’m not wealthy by American standards, but I have more than enough.

Not everyone can say that.

It’s easy to complain when we’re surrounded by so much stuff. There are always things we don’t have, activities we can’t do, and places we can’t go. I’m going to take a wild guess, though, that if we’re able to write and read blogs we have more than we need.

Yet there’s still a pull to have more.

With so many resources available to us, we figure we may as well have whatever will make life easier. A new computer can help us be more productive. Another activity will make our children more well-rounded. Our pursuit of bigger, better, and MORE can turn around and do something we don’t expect.

It promises freedom, but frequently delivers bondage.

Living becomes so complex that we rarely have time in the schedule to speak to a neighbor. We want community, but we aren’t able to live in one. The pace becomes so frenetic that we may not realize that in all of our running children around we haven’t actually been with our children.

We have a tendency to hold tightly to our newest gadgets because “we can’t live without them.” We put a firm grip on our calendars, our houses, our lifestyles. But we forget something desperately important.

If we are holding so tightly to those things, then what grasp do we have of the eternal?

Paul challenges us in 1 Timothy 6:17-19 to reconsider that which we hold onto:

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

Perhaps there are some things of which we should consider letting go:

  • Let go of our pride and be humble enough to reach out to those who have no home.
  • Let go of our grasp on building wealth (which is uncertain) and take a firm hold on God’s provision.
  • Let go of our pursuit of finding something we enjoy and be content to enjoy what we’ve already been given so we can be generous with others.
  • Let go of our desire to make ourselves look important and seek ways to make others important.
  • Let go of the dream of having more to take hold of the dream of sharing more.

It helps me to remember the example given to us by the One we claim to follow.

Jesus left position, wealth, power, and MORE to take hold of us. 

  • To set captives free.
  • To care for the widows and fatherless.
  • To place the lonely in families.
  • To share hope with the hopeless.
  • To touch lepers.
  • To have a meal with outcasts.

If we wear His name, it would only make sense that we seek to live as He did.

But, it will involve letting go.

We can walk away sad because of our great wealth, or we can leave all to follow Jesus’ example and take hold of His heart for the world.

If we’re honest, most of us reading (and writing) this have more than enough. In letting go of our pursuit of MORE, we can begin to take hold of our pursuit to more clearly and passionately love God and others.

May we begin today to release our abundance that we might generously give to those who have little – a reflection of the heart and mission of Jesus.

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