“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go the land I will show you.’”Genesis 12:1
My wife and I often reminisce about how we’ve moved 17 times in our 50 years of marriage. Earlier moves were more difficult as we hauled truckloads of stuff with us. But over the years we downsized, making the task much more manageable.
We observe from Abram that when God told him to “leave,” he did just as the Lord commanded. If you were Abram, you would have to hold on loosely to the things of life so God wouldn’t have to wrench them from your hands. You’d have to make sure your tent pegs were sturdy to hold your dwelling in place, but not so deep that you couldn’t pick them up and move on, if God directed. You’d need to be free to worship, building altars to the Lord in any location. Do you see how those principles can translate into your own life today?
Travel light through this world as far as your earthly possessions are concerned. You’ll leave them all behind one day. But pack in excess every Word of the Lord which nourishes and sustains you and will bring you safely from this world on in to the next.
Excess baggage keeps us from effectively being available to Him. “Therefore… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” (Hebrews 12:1).