Imagine, right now, that everything you own is in a great, big pile. Your job, for the next two weeks, is to sort through everything you own, decide what to keep, and what to get rid of. For the things you decide to keep, you also have to decide what to store in the United States, and what to take with you to a country on the other side of the globe, where you will be paying between 40% and 100% Value Added Tax for every item you take into the country.
That’s what we’re doing right now. You could say that we’re “packing”, but the part that comes before the packing is called “sorting”, and (in my opinion), that’s the hardest part. Everything we own has to go into one of three piles: “keep and store in the US”, “keep and take to PNG” or “get rid of”. So, all day long, we’re asking ourselves questions like these: “is this worth hanging on to?”, “will I need this in PNG?” and “is this worth paying Value Added Tax on?”
The more we evaluate the things we own in light of our God-given task — going into all the world and making disciples — the more we realize how few of our possessions are really worth hanging on to. And the things that we do keep are merely tools for us to use in our life and ministry in Papua New Guinea. As we sort and pack, we’re asking God for wisdom to know what items would be a help to us in PNG, and what things would be a hindrance. Because what really matters isn’t the comforter we’ve had for years, or the dishes we used when we first got married. What matters is being a part of what God’s doing in bringing people to Himself from every tribe, tongue, and nation. And in light of eternity, these temporal, physical things really aren’t worth hanging onto that tightly.