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I just discovered that March 2 is one of those obscure holidays that sound made up by a third-grader: Old Stuff Day. Apparently, it’s about not saying or doing the same-old-same-old and doing something new and different. (In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, maybe someone should rename it New Stuff Day.)

Jesus has his own version of Old Stuff Day, except his is for a lifetime.

Don’t be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” (Luk. 12:32-33)

Instead of the same old view of this verse, I suggest that Jesus intended something different:

1.) While most people have assumed that the kingdom of heaven is primarily about dying and the hereafter, it’s primarily about life to the full here and now. Jesus offered a new vision of kingdom living in joy, value, and enduring significance. He brought the treasures of life down to Earth.

His gospel is all about a rich, new life—about new wine bursting old wineskins, a new patch tearing away from an old garment. The verse about selling possessions is only one of his many encouragements to get rid of old stuff and to embrace new stuff.   (more…)