After reading quite a lot of ‘What’s In my Bag’ posts, I was thinking about what I carry around with me. As far as possible, I try to keep it to a minimum- although I would like to carry around all the things I could possibly need, it ends up too heavy to do that.
The staples in my bag tend to be my purse, phone, keys, diary and pen. Depending on where I’m going there might also be uni work, my Bible or notebooks. I have quite a lot of things which I could take with me everyday, and I was thinking about how many things I’m blessed to have in life. Although I love my things, I would like to think that I’m not too attached to them. Someone I know got the things stolen out of their bag, and money wiped from their account. Not a comforting thought, but we’re reminded to travel light in life :
‘Don’t store up treasure here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.’
If our flat burned down (hopefully the two smoke detectors will prevent this) I think the things I would miss the most are those irreplaceable things like photographs and other odds and ends collected for memories’ sake. I would cope without them, but they’re things I hold onto probably more for other people in the future, than for myself. To have a chunk of life wiped has to be sad. Thankfully a lot of photos are now online and similar, but some posessions are unique. But I know that one day I will not be around any more, and I will leave my things behind; so this is a good thing to keep in mind.
‘Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.’ [Matthew 6: 19-21, NLT]
Holding onto your posessions, money and objects in life doesn’t do you any good in the long term.
‘I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I’ll say it again- it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!’ [Matthew 19:23-24]
Of course, it’s not just people who are rich and have money as their focus in life, it is everyone with things they couldn’t give up for anything, just as the rich man couldn’t give up his wealth. As the disciples point out – ‘Then who in the world can be saved?’ [v.25] They know that we all have tendancies to put something else before God.
Thankfully, the message of our faith is always this;
‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.’ [Matthew 19: 26] Jesus would know. He made it possible.
So I travel light in this life, running the race that is set before me with my eyes not on the fallible treasures of this world but the eternal treasures available to all in heaven, with the God who made it all possible.