Clutter is any untidy collection of things. We accumulate more than we need and the excess becomes clutter. Like the rich man in the parable (see below), we hoard more and more stuff, even if it means getting a bigger place to store it. Saving things (hoarding) in case we need them later indicates a lack of faith that God will provide what we need at the time we need it. There is no need to save things “just in case.” God will supply.
I trust God to provide what I need, when I need it, so I can let go of things instead of saving them.
The Story of the Rich Fool
Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.”
Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”
Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’
“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” (Luke 12:13-21).
Do I tend to save things “just in case” or am I free to get rid of things because God will always provide?
Before telling the parable of the rich man, what warning did Jesus give? (“Beware! . . .”)
Life is not measured by how much you own. So what does it mean to be wealthy? (See the end of the parable.)
In light of this parable, what action do you feel God is asking you to take?
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