Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom. – Luke 12:32, HCSB
Ever hear of a comedy of errors? This week—no this month has been a comedy of frustration. Except it wasn’t funny. Our house has sold, and it seems the moment we signed the purchase contract things started falling apart in my formerly perfectly functioning, lovely home. Retaining walls failed. Hail damage—roof needs replaced. Sewage pump failed—water (ew) in the basement. And, most recent, our AC quit. To top it off, on one of my trips to town to get something to ‘fix’ one of these problems, I got pulled over. I haven’t been pulled over in fifteen years!
In the midst of all this, I keep reminding myself how very blessed we are. Great family, beautiful kids, wonderful new home, plenty of food—good food…I’ve got a long list of blessings. But I wondered today when the AC repair guy was here and as I reminded myself yet again that we are blessed, what if all of these things were taken away? Would I still be blessed?
Yes. Why? Because our Father delights to give us the kingdom. But it’s a heavenly kingdom he’s bless us with, not an earthly kingdom made up of our possessions. In fact, the verse right after the one Jen chose make that clear: “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys.” Luke12:33 NAS
Like Jen, I also recently sold a house. While we are hunting for a new one, we live in a lovey rent house. It boasts a working fridge and AC (sorry Jen), plush carpet and running water – far more luxury than most of my friends in West Africa could ever dream of owning.
But while a middle-class American lifestyle is certainly a blessing, it’s not the true blessing Christ is talking about in these verses. The blessing he’s talking about is built up in heaven, where ACs don’t break and sewage pumps never fail.
So I can, without any hint of guilt, say that my West African brothers and sisters in Christ, who live in mud huts with thatched roofs, are every bit as blessed as I am. Their blessing, like mine, will be found in heaven. Their blessing, like mine, doesn’t depend on their possessions.
Like Jen, I am also blessed with a loving husband and great, healthy kids. But does that mean the Christian woman down the street whose husband left her is not blessed? Or the believing parents who lose a child to cancer? Are they not blessed? With great tenderness and compassion, I say that even though they hurt with unimaginable pain, they are blessed. Their treasure, like mine, is found in heaven. Their treasure, like mine, is the Kingdom of God.
So yes, even if all these things were taken away, I would still be blessed.