I’m sorry for assuming that you were unwilling to “sell all thou hast and give to the poor”.
As the story goes, you went away sorrowfully, upon hearing the request, because you had great possessions.
THE BIBLE STORY
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest though me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. (Matthew 19: 16-23)
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My summer cottage is filled with many hard-earned possessions and cherished memories.
It is a beautiful place where I enjoy spending my summer months.
The location isn’t the best, but if I keep the windows shut and the blinds closed I’m hardly aware of the filth and depravity that surround me.
Occasionally, I’ll wander out of my cottage to meet up with friends and do a little window shopping in town where there are so many tempting and alluring things to observe.
I never indulge in anything–well, almost never–but I figure it’s okay since I’m only here during the summer months.
Besides, it feels good to fit in with the crowd on occasion. After all, isn’t tolerance a form of loving your neighbor as yourself?
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (James 4: 7-8)
MAKING A DECISION
What are you holding back? What needs to happen for you to give it all away?
David Green, the founder of Hobby Lobby, wrote a book that has inspired me to give more away: Giving It All Away…And Getting It All Back Again.
You can learn more about my experience with the book here. It has become one of my all-time favorite reads!
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