The saying “You can’t take it with you when you go” has more truth to it than we know. I’m not sure about you, but every time I have heard that saying, I think of it in a “here and now” sense. I can buy this or that, but if I move, there may be a chance I can’t take it with me.
Last night, I had a whole new spin to this saying put into my head. See, my husband (Shane), our friends Katelyn and Ryn, and I attended a concert last evening. We were able to see John Tibbs, Finding Favour, Audio Adrenaline, and Newsboys. (Which, it was AMAZING and I’m sure I’ll be blogging about it off and on throughout the week because the amount of content we got is a lot to process!)
While each artist had a touching story of demonstrations of Christ’s love within their life (which I will go into throughout the week as I do my postings), there was something that grabbed me during the Newsboys. Michael Tait (the lead singer) was speaking to the sold-out crowd. He was commenting about how it is just so easy for us to collect things. Things like clothes, homes, cars, toys, collectables, animals, money. Just about anything that you can imagine (aside from necessities), we tend to have more than we need.
But what do those material items mean in this life? Social status? Risen self-esteem? An act of jealousy or anger? An attempt to “one-up” your neighbor? But what good do these things do us in our next life? You know, the new life that we are given when we die.
It tells us in Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me.” and in 1 Corinthians 10:14 “Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.” But, what does that really mean to us?
It means that even though we do not try, we put things, money, and social status above God and He does not want that from us. I’m guilty of doing this even just this past week. On my birthday, I tried to buy a good mood. I went to ShopKo, I bought myself a new shirt and some other things for around the house and tried to buy my way into a good day. I would almost bet majority of you have done that at one point or another. Retail therapy sound familiar?
It is almost in that moment that we hand over the cash or swipe the card that we are telling God “I’m sorry but you just aren’t good enough. I need to buy my happiness.”
I’ve never once intended to put God beneath the material items in this life, but it happens…even when I don’t want it to.
Michael then told us “I’ve never seen a U-Haul hooked up behind a hearse.” That’s when I realized the “You can’t take it with you when you go” went so much deeper than just this Earthly life. Our time on Earth is limited. We all have a timer that is counting down to when we are eligible to begin our new life in Him. Why should we waste our lives spending money on things that are of no value outside of this life?
Then Michael made this comment: “Instead of collecting things, we need to collect people.” AMEN! We need to stop buying our forgiveness from people, stop buying our social status, stop trying to be greater than our neighbor. We just need to stop. Instead, we need to show love towards people. We need demonstrate patience, kindness, understanding and mercy towards others. That is how we can show the love of God without being overwhelming, aggressive, and what others could consider as rude.
I for one will admit that I am not the best with this. I would rather stay in my quiet little shell. But, being in a room with 4,000+ other believers and feeling the power in there made me feel a new sense of boldness, a sense of strength, and a sense of desire to do this for Him, not for me.
It was during that concert, I felt the need to reach out to a friend who is struggling. She has been struggling over the past month or so. I know how not fun those challenging times are, and even though I felt like nothing anyone could say was going to help me, I felt like I could help her. I felt that in those few moments, she needed to know that God was there for her. I sent her a 10 second clip of 4,000+ people singing “It’s all God’s children singing glory, glory, hallelujah, He reigns, He reigns.” He does reign and I”Hey, I’ve got this. I have you in my hands. You are loved.”
Blake NeeSmith of Finding Favour couldn’t have said it better when he said “You are loved. You are worthy. You are enough.”
Are you satisfied with the things you can bring with you when you go or do they need some work? I’m looking for form a prayer team, even if it is just on WordPress. I want you all to hold me accountable for reaching out and showing others the love that Christ has for us!