Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 NASB)
Matthew and Mark tell us the story of a young man who comes to Jesus. He is commonly known as the rich young ruler – mostly because he was rich and young and a ruler.
This story is near and dear to my heart, because it was through this account that I gave my heart and soul to the Lord Jesus Christ. One morning, just before dawn, I was listening to a cassette tape of a sermon by Kim Josephson about this very story.
When he described a young man who acknowledged that Jesus was the “Good Master,” and that he was a law biding young man who could not let go of his stuff, I saw myself in the mirror of the word and was horrified that Jesus walked away, and the young man was not following!
What was the test that this young man failed?
And looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words his face fell, and he went away grieved, for he was one who owned much property. (Mark 10:21-22 NASB)
I pulled my car over to the side of the road, and asked Jesus to be my Lord, my Boss, my King, my Master from that day forward. Hallelujah!
Now back to our question:
Should I sell all that I have, and give the money to the poor and trust God for my daily bread? (from Mark 10:21 and Matthew 6:11)
In order to answer this, I must take you back to yesterday’s point – What is your perspective? Is it your money, your stuff, your – anything? Or are you managing God’s materials?
This is very telling.
Let’s say, for example, I work for a stock market genius (there is probably no such thing – but let’s pretend here) and he has holdings in stock worth 100,000,000 dollars, from which I am get my upkeep. He pays me to manage the money from day to day. One day I get a call from the boss, and he says sell everything right now.
Do I trust him? Will this one who provides for me and has vast resources provide for me when he puts his new plan in place?
So it is with my heavenly Father. If I trust Him, and He tells me sell it all, and give it away, I know as I follow Him, He will continue to provide for me. Giving away everything that I have does not diminish His holdings or capacity to provide for me in the least! [Tweet This]
If however I decide on my own to sell everything and give it all away, when my Master has not clearly given me this instruction, I might struggle a bit.
When you truly understand that everything you have comes from the Father, and it all belongs to Him. When you ‘get’ that He is the one who has been feeding and housing you all along, it will be an adventure to see where He is taking you next.
So put your seat belts on, keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle and get ready for a great ride.
Hope that helps.