From the desk of Steve Patton
"By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.” (Hebrews 11:9-10)
Every time we move I think about this passage. Perhaps not for the obvious and better reason. Rather, I think about Abraham packing up everything he owned and moving every few months. How in the world did he manage? Having hundreds of servants helped I am sure (Gen. 14.14). But still, the idea of being constantly on the move - it is hard for me to fathom. I can certainly understand why Abraham looked for that eternal permanent dwelling, though I am sure it had more to do with his spiritual goals than about the bother of a nomadic life.
Pam and I have recently had occasion to go through our house and clean out all the “stuff” we no longer use or need. It was unbelievable. I am pretty sure the trash pickup guys have gone home with sore backs from dozens of big bags of “stuff” we left for them. I know I got tired of dragging them to the road. But we had sooo much “stuff” of which neither we nor anyone else had need.
When it comes to possessions, where is your focus? Paul said, “But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content” (1 Tim. 6:8). I haven’t gotten down to that point yet, but are we setting our goals on the right “stuff"? Paul also said, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2). I still have a ways to go. How about you?