Ready or Not #2. “Having or not having.”

Ready or Not #2. “Having or not having.”

One of the last things I want anyone doing is deciding for me what a Christian should or should not own. When a church begins to determine a believer’s faithfulness according to their possessions, its time for a spiritual reset.

But that being said, you and I as individuals, need to do our own private inventories before the Lord. For it is not so much the amount of our possessions, but our attachment to them that matters. The Rich Young Ruler was told by Jesus to jettison his possessions to save his soul. By contrast, Zacchaeus told Jesus that he was willing to jettison his possessions because his soul was saved.

So, in your dawn of the day prayers, it pays to ask, “Lord, do I have the spirit of Zacchaeus or the spirit of The Rich Young Ruler?”

Surprisingly, the answer may have little to do with what you have, or what you don’t have. Instead, the answer lies in the question: “Lord, what do my possessions say about my concern for Jesus’ return?”

Everything changes when you change your Immigration Status from “Citizen” to “Ambassador.” Citizens settle down for life, ambassadors fulfill their mission while ever anticipating their departure.

Talk to an unbeliever about Jesus’ return: They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation” (2 Peter 3:4).

These scoffers glorify the things of this world. They think that believers are mad for sacrificing their time and things to help other people to get a place they deem imaginary.

But the Christian knows that it is not about “having or not having.” It’s about being “Ready or not!”

John Staiger


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