Satisfaction is Not Determined in Temporal Possessions

Getting Free

Read: Mark 10:17-27 Read Here!

Mark 10:31 “Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.”

Personal downsizing usually occurs when someone moves to a smaller home. Furniture and other possessions are sacrificed because there is no longer room for them. But when psychologist Jane Adams moved to a larger home, she still went through the difficult process of parting with many treasured items from her worldwide travels. Instead of downsizing, she was ridding herself of unnecessary things that bound her to past.

“Downsizing,” she said, “is about pinching, restricting, and cutting back while keeping yesterday’s dreams alive; divesting is about freedom, expansion… and dreaming new dreams.”

Instead of searching for meaning in possessions, we are called to find life and freedom in Jesus. To a religious young man whose possessions gripped him, Christ said: “One thing you lack: Go your way sell, whatever you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. {Mark 10:21-22}

It’s hard to imagine Jesus needing a storage unit for His extra stuff. If anything I won keeps me from obeying HIM wholeheartedly, am I ready to open my hand, release it and freely follow Him? —David McCasland

No longer do I ask for things,
For Christ is my desire;
He walks with me and talks with me;
He is my satisfier. —Bang

A Faith that cost nothing and demands nothing is worth nothing.

From: Our Daily Bread Volume 14

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