“Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Obviously, the fewer things you have in your name the easier it would be to give it all up and follow Jesus. Especially if he was the one knocking on your door.
Take me for example. I have more debt than I have equity, so of course I would be willing to give it all up and follow him. Sign me up Jesus! But let’s say that one day I will own my house out-right. Let’s say I’ve got $400,000 in my name. I would be WAY more reluctant to give that much money to the poor.
But our attitude must be the same.
As our success brings us capital we must realize that it is all God’s in the first place–that he is just letting us use it in the mean time. It should flow in just as easily as it flows out; that’s what makes a healthy pond. You don’t want your life to be full of standing water that is taken over with pond scum and mosquitos. You want it to be flourishing with life for the glory of God!
It’s not easy though.
Jesus said that (Mark 10:25) “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
But we must know that “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)