Posted on: 18th December 2017
“When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.””
Have you done your Christmas shopping? Crowds out there are getting intense, aren’t they? So let’s take a sec to step back. What would Jesus think about the absolute shopping madness that floods our towns in December? Well there’s nothing in the bible about spending all our money on gifts or taking advantage of super cheap deals, but there’s plenty in there on the state of our hearts.
In Luke 18 we read the tale of Jesus and the rich official. This man has a lot but the lot isn’t enough. And so he asks Jesus for the secret. He’s told: ‘…sell everything you own and give it away to the poor. You will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me’ (Luke 18 v 22).
Christmas isn’t what’s in that huge box under the tree, it’s following Jesus. This story reminds us that Jesus isn’t just after our carols and candles or what we have in our banks to spend on others. He’s after our whole lives, he’s after our hearts (and He won’t give them away, the very next day).
So, we need to assess those hearts. Would we give Him all? Would we be prepared to sell everything? Will we give Him our ambitions? Will we give Him all of our lives, not just our Sunday mornings? Jesus said, ‘Where your treasure is…you will most want to be.’ Your ‘treasure’ can be material stuff, relationships, a career, an identity, or even comfort.
Where’s Jesus in your list of priorities this Christmas?