Disown It

Luke 14:33 (ESV)

“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”

We treasure our possessions. Self-storage facilities are popping up everywhere. Self-storage, “Rentable space – such as lockers, garages, or containers – in a building or warehouse that’s used to store personal or commercial items for a short or long-term period.”[1] According to CostHelper, “the average national storage unit costs are: $40-$50 per month for a 5-by-5-foot unit. … (up to, but not limited to) $115-$150 per month for a climate controlled 10-by-15 foot unit.” A quick calculation, we may be paying for storage, $480 to $1,800 every year. Imagine the difference if one were not paying for such, not holding on to all those possessions. Now, let’s consider Jesus’ demand, to do something about all one’s possessions. We often hear that Jesus wants us to get rid of our possessions. However, that is not exactly what Jesus said. Jesus said to “renounce” all one’s possessions. Renounce means, “to give up, refuse, or resign usually by formal declaration.” (Merriam-Webster) Or, “renounce” means, to publicly give up a claim to a piece of property … to disown. There is good reason to renounce one’s possessions. Like Warren Buffett said, “Too often, a vast collection of possessions begins to possess its owner.” This helps us to see Jesus’ teaching, one is not with Jesus when one is possessed by their possessions. Renouncing does not mean to get rid of all one’s possessions. That may be easier. Jesus wants us to give up claim to our possessions. Rather than locking a possession in self-storage unit, disown it. Let the world take it away if so desired.

[1] Extraspace.com

About Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve Hodges is an ordained minister, pastoring a church in central Virginia.
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