Corrie ten Boom is one of my life heroes. She authored “The Hiding Place”, a book about her family’s experiences in Nazi-occupied Holland during WW2, including being imprisoned in a concentration camp for providing hospitality and refuge to Jews, the death of her beloved father, sister, and other family members, her eventual release, and her ministry until she died, sharing the love of God with everyone she met.
I have been impacted by many of her quotes, but none so much as when she said “Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”.
It’s strange to think that someone who had lost so much, had been stripped of so many earthly comforts, and had been abused so terribly by evil men with wicked agendas would be able to teach us that the secret to spiritual wealth is in letting go.
Matthew 6 speaks of this, too. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
In a world where we are constantly being encouraged to save for the future, the idea of being a channel for worldly goods to flow through seems foolish and foreign. While there are some very good reasons to plan for the future, there is also a lot of wisdom in not clinging too tightly to possessions.
George Muller was an English missionary in the early 1800s who cared for more than 10,000 orphans in five different homes and educated more than 120,000 children in the 117 schools he established. He never asked for donations and never went into debt, although the building of the five homes alone cost more than £100,000, an enormous amount of money at that time. George would pray, donations would come in, and he would apply them to furthering the ministry. He was a channel for God’s provision and care, and tens of thousands of underprivileged children were fed, clothed, off the streets, and given an education and a future.
Cling loosely to what God gives you. Give it away freely in a way that brings glory to the One who gave away His life for you. Don’t horde more than you need. Your storehouses are nothing compared to God’s, and He is more than able to replace what you give away.