(Jesus said) "... I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." John 10:10b
First, the good news: 61-year-old Wendy Towers of London, England, is alive and well.
Next, the bad news: the home of Wendy Towers is not.
The bad news is being reported because Wendy Towers of London, England, has a lot of stuff that she kept on the second floor of her home. Indeed, Wendy Towers kept so much stuff stored on the second floor of her house that the joists and beams gave way, and the building collapsed in on itself.
People who are good at measuring stuff say Towers had over 22 tons of this and that, which she had accumulated over the years. Understand, Towers had never consciously decided she would collect all this bric-a-brac, which eventually destroyed her home. It just sort of happened, bit by bit, and piece by piece.
Now the big question in this devotion is how much stuff have you managed to accumulate over the years? Since this is a devotion and not an episode of the television show, Hoarders, you would be right in assuming I am not referring to earthly stuff like that which destroyed Towers' home.
No, we're talking about all kinds of negative spiritual stuff we gather up. You know, things like
* not forgiving someone who has hurt, or wounded, or betrayed us in the past;
* not forgiving ourselves of those sins which the Lord erased long ago;
* grudges, envy, prejudice, revenge, anger, and what have you.
Now many people would skim over the list above and not do any thinking. I think we all need to stop and take inventory of the spiritual stuff we have been storing away. Like Towers we probably never set out to collect all this negativity but, somehow or another, it just happened.
Having done such an inventory, some of us may find our lives seem to be groaning under the accumulated weight of slights and sins from the past. At best, these things robs us of joy and, at worst, they can destroy our relationship with others and with our Lord.
Now if you have gone over your list and found it is longer than you or the Lord would like it to be, then it's time to remember the Savior came so His people might have salvation, but also so they could live life to the full.
Through prayer and the presence of the Holy Spirit, it is possible to get rid of that stuff and find the joy and peace that ought to belong to those who acknowledge Jesus as Savior and Lord.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, the devil and the world absolutely love it when our lives are filled with so much negative stuff there is no longer any room for Jesus. Today we pray that such stuff might be thrown in the garbage where it belongs, and we may live our lives in the joy of Jesus. In His Name we ask it. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries