A few days ago, a friend of ours told us of a couple who was moving back to their home country of Brazil and needed to get rid of their furniture... perfect yard sale items. Yesterday, I met him at their apartment with our truck to get what we could.
Our friend introduced us and they asked, "so what do you need?"
No words came from my mouth, just a puzzled look. As their arms presented us with everything in their possession except for a few select items they said, "we have to be out of here tomorrow. We are only taking a few things with us."
They continued by telling us most everything had been given to them and they wanted to continue the blessing. I boxed items as I listened to them tell about moving back and forth from Brazil to America to study music. I wondered, "if you knew you would move and leave your things, why did you buy them?" Not that they had excess; just some useless nick-nacks from here and there.
No sooner than the thought entered my head that I realized we all do the same thing. We know we aren't here on earth forever. We can't take anything with us except for the Word of God. Yet, we buy, collect and hoard items like they have value. I'm not saying we shouldn't have any possessions. I just think we should take a second look before we buy something and ask ourselves if we really need it. We need to remember that the only things that are eternal are the souls of men and the Word of God.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on 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 and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21