Worth is not found in worldly possessions but in the fact that we have a place in heaven
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
In this world your worth is valued by the possessions you have. For many, having more money leads to a better, more fulfilled life where they satisfy the hunger to “live life to the fullest’’ with possessions and experiences. What if we looked at our worth and value through a different lens? Getting caught up about how much money we have, what car we drive and what house we live in can become consuming and blur our vision to see the most valuable treasure, Jesus. Instead of looking through a worldly lens, we should start looking at our lives through a kingdom perspective, finding value in the fact that we are welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven (Luke 12: 32).
Verse 33 states that we should sell our possessions and give back to the poor. Selling your possessions can be a scary thought because, as sinful humans who are fed by this worldly view that money equals joy. We can put great value into our possessions. However, with the realization that the truly rewarding treasure is that we have a place in heaven, we need to try and live with our worth not in our earthly possessions, but our heavenly possessions.
Thinking about what you might put your value, time and money into, what are some of your earthly possessions that could be given up in order to further glorify the Lord? For me it is difficult to let go of wanting more earthly possessions. With social media constantly feeding me with the latest trends and filtered lives, I am constantly putting my money into gaining approval from society by purchasing new things. Maybe for me instead of buying a new shirt, dress, necklace or pair of shoes, I can give that money to church or maybe put that money towards showing God’s grace to the homeless.
If you looked at your life through a world lens you could probably say that you are comfortable and privileged with what you have, however, there’s always something more that you want. What would that life look like through a godly lens? Is your heart, head and soul truly in the right place to live for Christ? Could you be more generous with where your money goes? We can start by making sure our hearts are in the place to look so you may look at life through a kingdom perspective.
Head: Reflecting on the passage and thinking about the life that Jesus lived. How did he live out generosity so that people would find their worth in Heaven?
Heart: What lens do you want to look through? A worldly lens for the benefit of yourself or a kingdom view for the glory of God?
Hands: What are some worldly possessions you can give up so that you may glorify the Lord with generosity?
Dear Heavenly Father,
I pray that today you may bless my heart, soul and mind with the will to live generously for you.
I thank you that you have blessed us with the greatest gift of all time, a place in heaven with you.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
A song to listen to: Only You can Satisfy Maria-Grace Iles – Living Church Creek Road