“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal; For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!”
Rich people love to point out that this isn’t about them, poor people scoff and say “well it isn’t about us.”
Amazing that! Because it is about all of us. We are all capable of hoarding and cluttering our lives, it could be pictures on the wall or boxes of collectables gathering dust in the attic, it could be a tablecloth from every vacation location or it could be money in the bank.
A cluttered home, a cluttered life takes our focus of what is important. If we fill our lives with clutter be it crystal or books or photographic memories it takes our eye off the Lord. The eye of our soul should be fixed solely and purely on the Lord.
Wesley’s sermon could be lifted off 200+ year old paper and preached today, it clearly shows us a way of generosity that is so relevant in this time of Lent (tomorrow) but also it is not just about a project it is about a way of life.
If we are seeking to be Christ-like then surely storing up here on earth is futile and creating barriers to our aim. Cluttering our lives with unnecessary things that just distract us, making us prideful of collections, making us covetous of others wealth, blocking a true relationship with the Living God.
One way of discovering where our thoughts and hearts are is to ask: what would you save from a burning home – after family, what are the next five things you would save.
So what are we not asked by the Lord? We are to take care of our households but after that everything else is to be given away. This is a deeply difficult way of living and not everyone in a household may concur.
To live simply, to be debt free, to give generously not just to the nice people but also the people we don’t want to give to. People will come up with excuses like “they will just waste it,” “they don’t know what to do with it,” “they don’t deserve it,” etc. But how do we know? Past experience, similar experience? We are to give, not with codecils, not with our judgement but showing mercy, grace and love.