My wife is having a Garage Sale. Now, you understand that our Garage is not really for sale – it is attached to our house – but there are a number of items that we no longer use or need, and we want to get rid of them.
As my wife was setting out these “treasures” for our friends, neighbors, and strangers to go through, I noticed that every item was priced way below what we had originally paid. Everything was marked down to “pennies on the dollar” in the hope that someone – anyone – would be willing to take it off our hands. It feels really good to be getting rid of some of our “junk.”
In Matthew 6, Jesus makes an interesting statement. In verse 6, He says: “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” In one translation, the word, “room” is “closet.” “…When you pray, go into your closet…”
What does this have to do with a Garage Sale? Well, most of the stuff – most of the junk, if you will – that we want to sell came from our closets. That is where we keep our junk. That is where we store those “treasures” that we no longer need. Jesus said that when you pray, go to the place where you keep all your junk. Go to the place where you store all those “treasures” that are just taking up space and are a burden. Go to the place where no one else goes.
God is interested in every area of your life. He cares about all the junk in your life and is willing to take it off your hands. Our God cares about every detail of our lives, and we can trust Him with everything – even our junk. You can share everything with Him.
So, the next time you pass a “Garage Sale” sign, remember that you can pray to God about anything and you can trust Him with everything. Our God loves you just like you are and wants to help you be all that you can be.
Pressing Toward the Mark,
Pastor Tom – Phil 3:14