By Andrea Merrell
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.
Mark 12:30-31 NKJV
The question stunned the people in the room. “If catastrophe struck and you had to leave your home immediately, other than a family member or pet, what one item would you take with you?" In other words, the speaker was asking what we considered our most valuable possession.
After a long silence, a lively discussion ensued. “My purse,” one lady said. "It has my driver's license and all my credit cards."
“My computer,” a man chimed in. "And my box of Cuban cigars," he added. Everyone chuckled.
The answers continued. My cell phone. The family photo album. My Bible. My grandmother’s antique vase. My dad’s coin collection.
Answers kept coming, some serious, others funny. It was a sobering thought to determine where we place value. The sad part was knowing that every item named was just a thing. A material possession that could be damaged, misplaced, lost, or even stolen. And as the saying goes, “You can’t take it with you.”
Now it’s your turn. Think about it for a moment. What do you value most?
No matter where you place value, here's a sobering thought. Jesus said He would never leave us. He is with us every single moment in every single situation. We are instructed to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Our relationship with Him should be our most valuable possession. That relationship and our love for others should never be compromised or taken for granted. Neither one can ever be damaged, misplaced, lost, or even stolen.
They are ours for all eternity.