Possessions are attractive, addictive, and controlling. Just think, we all have something that if we had to get rid of it right now, it would be a seriously hard thing to do. What item would you mourn over if you lost it in a fire or flood? Most of us can’t pick just one.
The rich young ruler was called to sell all his possessions and follow Christ. I don’t believe this is a universal call in order to become like Christ or have a relationship with him. However, for the rich young ruler who went away sad, it was his call. Christ knew that at his heart level, possessions were what controlled him. They were his idol. They were what he loved and from where he got comfort. Christ must be our only God, for we cannot have both God and money or possessions as a god.
As I worked through selling possessions to go to the mission field, I continued to find things that I first wanted to take that weren't really necessary to keep. My mentor, whom I visited in another state just before I moved to the mission field, specifically stated to me that he and his wife need to get rid of some stuff. They just got rid of lots of stuff after a move to a new city and house. But he still realizes that he doesn’t really need everything he has.
The challenge to you is this, what can you get rid of. How can you begin to downsize? Storage units all across the county make big business out of people not having enough space for all their stuff. And television channels make big money off of people watching their shows about auctions at these storage units. I challenge you to get rid of some stuff. Use the money to fund a mission trip, give to your church’s building or capital campaigns, or give to someone in need.
You will find that having less is freeing. As we get rid of the many “things” we begin to be less and less conformed to this world and its idol of a culture of possessions.