What is worth selling everything you have in this world? Is it a car? A house? A relationship? Possessions? Fame? Invention? What is it for you? What is there in your world that you would be willing to sell everything to get that thing for you? I am asking this question because I met a person yesterday shuttling for my wife’s business that is doing that very thing.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays I volunteer to shuttle customers to and/or from home or work as they drop off their vehicles to be repaired. In the mornings when I shuttle, people are usually dropping off their cars or trucks to get them mechanically fixed and I take them to their work or back home.
Yesterday I shuttled Ron back home and asked him what he did. The conversation that ensued was very enlightening. Ron is an engineer and began in his early days working on a wireless radio that would go into the early manned rockets in space. He is one of those engineers that never makes things, but creates things in their heads and passes on the concept to a hardware engineer that takes the concept and produces the product.
A couple of years ago Ron and his partner began working on a product that would save energy in cell phones. In the process of working on the concept, Ron ran out of money and his partner died. He went broke. It’s not that he spent his money on superficial things. He sold everything he had to produce this technology of saving energy in charging phones on a daily basis (by a factor of 2 if that makes sense to you). In laymen terms as he put it for me is like saving what 50 Niagara Falls electrical plants produce daily. He needed engineers to take his concept to reality and he had no money. He couldn’t hire needed engineers because he was broke. He sold his life savings for this project.
Being an idea person, he went to an engineering firm in the valley who had plenty of hardware engineers and proposed a plan where they could use his concept in selling to the government and in return they would provide engineers to take his concept to market. They agreed and they recently got a $10,000,000 contract from the government for this technology. He doesn’t mind because he wants to take this technology to the consumers of cell phones and he needed engineers to build his concept which they are doing as we speak.
So what in this world would you be willing to sell everything you have to get. Jesus speaks to this question when being confronted by a rich man who wanted to follow Him. “A man came to Jesus and asked, ‘Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?’ Jesus answered, “Why do you ask me about what is good? Only God is good. But if you want to have eternal life, obey the law’s commands.” The man asked, “Which ones?” Jesus answered, “‘You must not murder anyone, you must not commit adultery, you must not steal, you must not tell lies about others, you must respect your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.’” The young man said, “I have obeyed all these commands. What else do I need?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, then go and sell all that you own. Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and follow me!” But when the young man heard Jesus tell him to give away his money, he was sad. He didn’t want to do this, because he was very rich. So he left. Matthew 19:16-22
Jesus was asking him to sell everything that he had become attached with in this life to gain life in the future. What are you willing to go broke for? What am I willing to sell everything for? Ron came into my life yesterday and gave me pause to think about my life and what is important in my life. On this journey, God brings people and circumstances to help us pause to make sure we are on the right road. Take a pause on your journey to make sure you are investing in the right things.