Preparing for a trip can be a huge undertaking. Determining what you may need and trying to be sure not to leave anything behind can get difficult. I had to make a trip recently that involved booking a flight. I purposely left behind many things I could have taken but was determined only to take things I really needed. A change of clothes and something to read on the plane was all that I put in my backpack. I made a purposeful decision to pack light.
Packing light is a phrase that should apply to our short time on this earth. The Bible describes our life in this world as a journey not a permanent occupation. Peter tells us: “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1Pet. 2:11). Paul describes believers in Phil. 3:20 with these words: For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ”. Our real home is in heaven. We are only passing through this world for a short journey. Our real citizenship is in heaven. We are aliens here and don’t even have green cards.
Since we are just spending a short time in this world we should be packing light. We shouldn’t load ourselves down with all of the stuff of this world. We can spend a whole lifetime occupied with achieving, acquiring, and consuming all that we can, or we can pack light. Our minds can be so disturbed by the things that are happening in this world. Our energy can be spent in running around trying to fill our backpacks with more and more. Jesus spoke about this by telling us not to store up treasure on earth but to store up treasure in heaven. We should put in our backpack only those things that we will be able to take with us to heaven. We can fill it with energetic service for Christ, building redemptive relationships, and investing our resources into the kingdom of God.
One day our time on this journey will be over and we will be called to go back home. Be sure you are ready and remember to pack light.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation