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Weekly Devotionals

Investing in the Kingdom

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

1 Timothy 6:6-9

This is our (Ryan and Carolyn’s) final devo as elders so we are doing a joint effort!

What a week we’ve had! We moved out of our apartment Monday, sold our car, closed our bank accounts, and donated or threw out everything except what can fit in 8 50lb suitcases.

It’s been a surreal experience to literally just wipe out all the possessions that were part of our existence here. I (Carolyn) said “it feels like my life is being erased…also I might actually cry when they take my ARC at the airport.”

This whole experience of getting rid of almost every possession and tether to a place brought to mind multiple Bible passages about the temporality of earthly things. We can put so much stock in our earthly possessions but just like that… they can be gone. But what will last? Our memories, our rich relationships and most importantly, what we have had a part of building for the Kingdom-those treasures in heaven.

Sometimes we build our identity based off of our possessions. Sometimes we base our sense of security off of our possessions or the structure or familiarity in in our lives. But in reality, these earthy possessions are temporary, and they will fade. We can’t bring any possessions out of this world with us; only the riches stored up in God’s Kingdom will remain. Earthly possessions are really just temporary gifts, but the investment in the Kingdom lasts.