We received this awesome anonymous guest post about our #SHED series. Check it out!
Last weekend at church we talked about SHEDding: getting rid of all our unnecessary crap in order to be healthy, both spiritually and emotionally.
I have always been a shedder. I’ve been pretty ruthless, actually, when it comes to throwing stuff away; I toss childhood collections, birthday/Christmas cards, sentimental knick-knacks, my old favorite sweaters. Why? Because even though I once found them valuable, today they are just memories collecting dust. (Also, clutter stresses me out.) So, a few times a year I go through things and make trips to Goodwill.
I didn't exactly realize that this was a biblical mindset, but as I’ve thought about and meditated on this, it makes total sense. I have caught myself holding on to stuff for the sole purpose of “what if I need it again?” (even though it has literally been 5 years since said item was used.) I’ve also noticed there can be a mindset of fear involved with holding on to things. “What if I need this and I can’t afford or find one just like it later?” or “What if I don’t have enough of [whatever] later?”
Do you realize that as believers, we worship the God of “glorious, unlimited, resources”? (Eph 3) Philippians 4:19 promises you that God “will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Holding on to things for fear of “not enough” is silly! Do kids ever worry about clothes, food, money, etc? Not really. Kids know that their parent will provide for them. It’s not even a question, because they have assurance that their mom and dad will always take care of them. In the same way, we are the children of God. And God has unlimited resources available to us as his children. You could even argue that collecting stuff in fear of lacking shows a LACK of faith. You can free yourself from that mindset, because God will always supply what we need, and more! 2 Corinthians 9:8 states that “God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” God not only promises to provide, but also gives us MORE than we need to share. So maybe the trouble with holding on to things is that we forget that some of what we are given is intended for sharing.
This can lead to another issue with “stuff.” Stuff is not bad! But when we think we NEED it (when we really don’t), it can enslave us to material goods and shift our hearts from Christ. Think about the items you are storing right now. Do they have value or purpose? Sometimes they absolutely do (ahem, Christmas decorations!). But would they have more value in someone else's hands? What is your purpose in holding on to them?
These are hard questions, but I think they are worth asking. It is so easy in America to have a materialistic mindset, but it is counterproductive to the eternal mindset Christ calls us to have! We ultimately need to remind ourselves that this is not our home and we are no longer our own. 1 Corinthians 7:22-23 says that as a believer “God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved to the world.” Our God paid a HUGE price for our hearts, so we can’t let our hearts be tied to the world and its goodies! In fact, he tells us that “we can’t serve two masters.” (Matthew 6:24) What if you shifted from a mindset of fear, stress, and dissatisfaction of what you own, to instead one of abundance and provision?
I’m super pumped to hear this week’s sermon on the second half of SHED. I hope you can make it!
Watch the first week of SHED here: