The Rich Young Ruler
In the book of Luke, Jesus has a discussion with a rich young ruler. We find the young man asking Jesus what he has to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answers him by stating that he must keep the commandments. The young man then responds by saying that he has kept all the commandments since he was a young boy. But Jesus’ reply is the clincher, and one that is thought provoking: “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Luke 18:22)
Do I Have To?
As we prepare for our move to Honduras, this thought has crossed my mind several times. Does God really want me to sell everything I have? And as many times as it has crossed my mind, I have shot it out of my mind just the same. I make excuses for keeping all of our possessions like, ‘We’ll need these things when we move back here.’ And to be honest, I really don’t want to sell everything. I like my things. But the truth is, they are just things; and I can’t take them with me when I leave for Honduras; and I can’t take them with me when I leave this earth.
Have a Little Faith
I get scared when I think about actually selling everything we own. I begin to worry what we would do when it was our time to move back here. I begin to doubt and I end up making excuses as to why we shouldn’t sell everything. But as I process these thoughts, I am reminded of several verses in the Bible where God mentions faith. One in particular is found in Matthew: “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 6:30) This verse reminds me that I don’t have to be scared, I don’t have to worry, and I don’t have to doubt. He will always provide. This doesn’t necessarily make it any easier; and this is not something that I want to do. But I will continue to pray about it and continue to seek God’s will. Because ultimately it is His will that matters, not mine. And if I sell everything I own and give to the poor, He has promised me treasures in heaven. And I do believe that the treasures in heaven are worth far more than any treasure we have here on earth.