I have been blessed to have all my kids and several grandchildren with me for almost a week. Room by room, closet by closet, drawer by drawer, we have been going through my in-laws home (actually I’m slowly being able to call it mine), and separating junk, give away, for sale, and keep. We almost filled a dumpster.
Each one of my kids and grandchildren claimed something to remember grandma and grandpa. The house is certainly full of memories. At the end of life, that’s what is basically left–memories; the “stuff” isn’t as important.
We all accumulate stuff through our lifetime, but we also know we can’t take it with us at the end; it’s left behind. I have been reminded of Matt. 6:19-21
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt,and where thieves break though and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through or steal: For where your treasure is; there will your heart be also”
I also don’t want my life or my mind to be filled with “stuff” — trivial, selfish, ungodly things, that at the end of my life and standing before the Lord will be burned up as wood, hay, or stubble.
“Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” I Cor. 3:12, 13
If you are like me, we should be going through room after room in our heart and asking God to cleanse our heart house of all the “stuff” that needs to be gotten rid of.