|Self-Store or FREE Store – Where is your heart?
The New Living Translation records Luke 12: 16-21 like this: Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a
fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my
crops.’ Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to
store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored
away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You
will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ “Yes, a person is a fool to store up
earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
Over the last 20 years one of the fastest growing new businesses across North America is self-storage. You've
seen them - they're everywhere. Empty lots; abandoned warehouses; former factories, all converted to oversized
Rubik’s-cubes with locked doors, high fences & 24-hour security. Most are full of stuff we continue accumulating,
well beyond what we have room for in our homes, condos and apartments.
How is this different from the fool in Luke 12? Here's how - the fool in Luke's story could afford to build his
own barns. He wasn't paying rent to a stranger for storage of all his extra stuff. This 'fool' could well have
been smarter than we are. Not only do we have too much stuff; to make matters worse, we're paying real money
every month to store it in someone else's barn!
FREE Store, one of MCA's signature community events takes place Nov. 5 & 6. For more than a decade,
we've been able to bless hundreds of men, women & children in Malvern with clothes, furniture, appliances,
toys and other necessities of life. Everything is donated by you. All of the sorting, set-up, serving and
sacrifice is done by you. All donated goods are made available at NO COST to people who need it – a selfless
act that demonstrates Christ's love for those living in the community around MCA.
In Matthew 6: 19-21 (NIV) we read: “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, where
moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there
your heart will be also". It’s not fair to say there is never a good reason for using a self-storage locker. But
perhaps it’s time for each of us to reflect on God's Word and make a choice. Will we continue paying someone to
store our extra stuff in their bigger barn? Or will we bring it to MCA FREE Store and bless someone who really
needs it. Where's your heart?