It is a manifestation of our human condition that we cling to things.
Physically, spiritually, emotionally, symbolically. And the nature of the items to which we cling has a bearing on the outcomes we experience in the various spheres of our lives. If we cling vociferously to material things – wealth, possessions, and the like, this most often occurs at the expense of our emotional and spiritual well-being.
The Bible is clear about divided loyalties:
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24)
Elsewhere, the Bible describes the love of money as the root of evil [1 Tim 6:10] (not money itself, but the unbridled love and desire to possess it).
Having to go through a lifetime of acquired possessions in my parents’ house after they went into long-term care was an eye-opening experience. I’m not judging my parents; both came from very humble poor roots and rose to professional careers and a wonderful family. I was and am blessed by them.
But after 60 years together, they accumulated many items. They were not obsessed with stuff; it just kinda piled up over time. Many of those items now have a new home, either in another house or the landfill.
God desires that we cling to Him and His Word in life and faith. I have been in Psalm 119 lately. The Psalmist declares:
30 I have chosen the way of truth; I have set Your ordinances before me.
31 I cling to Your testimonies, O LORD; let me not be put to shame.
Paul exhorts us in his letter to the Colossians (Chapter 3, Verse 2);
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
This verse is pretty clear to me, where I need to cling. I also like the word “Set” – an action verb. God enables the transformation of our minds toward Him; our act of will and volition based on His power and promises brings it into execution.
I pray that you will decide to cling to the King. #Jesus