It’s a great day to evaluate the amount of stuff in your life.
Jesus tells a story in Luke 12 about a man who works really hard his whole life and when he gets a really good crop, he makes plans to build a bigger barn to hold the surplus. Yet, Jesus has no praise for this man, but calls him a fool, for God demands his life that very night and someone else will get his surplus of goods.
According to John Piper, the Greek words used in this story imply the man’s life was a loan, loaned to him for a season and demanded back in God’s timing.
And guess what? He didn’t spend it well.
Jesus finished with this ominous statement:
“This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”
So we learn from Jesus that it is entirely possible for us to store up so much stuff that we don’t have the time, energy, or motivation to become rich in the kind of treasures that really count. We don’t just make one big decision to waste our lives on stuff. To ignore Christ and his kingdom and be selfish. It happens gradually, by degrees, one unnecessary piece of clutter at a time.
We have stuff in our attics and in our garages, under sinks, on all kinds of shelving, in our closets and under our beds. We build sheds in our backyard to contain the stuff that doesn’t fit the other places and if that’s not enough, we can rent storage space for the rest of it.
Recently released studies on the brain show the destructive influence of clutter in our environments:
“When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.”
Our homes, our brains, and our lives are so cluttered with unnecessary stuff that we can’t even focus on Christ and kingdom. We can’t think to pray, to worship, to set priorities.
Get rid of some stuff today. I promise you won’t miss it. Invest in some relationships, family, prayer. Stock up on some treasure with lasting value.
We’re only loaned this one, fleeting life and we never know when it will be demanded back. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to waste it.
Especially not on stuff.