2004-02-13 - Estate Sales
Matthew 6:20-21 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
My mother-in-law frequents thrift shops. Sometimes she surprises me with old French textbooks, which I collect. She has told me that many families take their deceased loved ones' material goods to stores such as Goodwill, and that it is interesting to see what people collect, which type of books are in their libraries etc. You can tell a lot about someone's life by what they leave behind.
When you leave this world, what will people find when they clean out your house? Will they find beloved family pictures and heirlooms, sentimental treasures that evidence a love of family? Lots of trashy novels or R-rated movies that show you filled your mind with junk food of the heart? Exercise equipment, books and videos, that manifest your fitness aspirations? Libraries full of books, demonstrating your never-ending quest to learn? Bibles, study guides, concordances, Christian books that indicate a desire to learn more about God's word?
Take a mental (or literal) inventory of your "stuff." If someone who didn't know you, walked through your house, would they come away believing Christ is your Lord, and seeing your love of Him and others? If not, what do you need to change, to make this true?