I was sitting in front of an old piano when I heard those familiar words for the first time since we found out Bowen was sick. They settled into the most insecure spaces of my heart and mind. These are the words of Jesus that brought me to tears that afternoon…
“Fear not, little flock, for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure that does not fail, where no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
I replayed those words over and over, as I softly played two simple chords on the piano and started to sing. I began writing a song that will be one of many about this season of my life. These are the lyrics I wrote that day.
“I have hope, I have a treasure
I have found a place
Where I have no need for my earthly possessions
And my worries just fade away
When sickness and death are at my door
Trying to steal from me
They cannot take what I’ve already layed
At Jesus feet
Fear not, little flock
For the Father has given you
The Kingdom of Heaven
To store up the treasures
That you could never lose
Fear not, fear not”
Knowing Bowen is sick has brought me face to face with the sobering reality that none of us are promised tomorrow and has pulled that nagging ache, the one to make every moment count, straight to the surface of my daily life.
It was the voice of David Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL and author of the book, Radical that played through my iPod that afternoon. I was listening to his series, The Gospel, Possessions, and Prosperity, which has impacted me greatly.
I want to share an audio clip of the actual message I was listening to at that old piano; but before you listen, it’s important for me to say that I’m not bringing this up on “Bowen’s Heart” to start debates on things like whether or not Jesus actually wants us to sell everything we have. I’m sharing this out of love and with the hope that we all will take an honest look at what we desire to gain and what we are afraid to lose in this life and in the next. I hope that these words will inspire you to make the most all your resources, time and creative energy while you still have today.
After listening to this clip, what do you fear?