Here’s a sermon point I didn’t have time for in Sabbath’s message on Matthew 24:

Loosen your attachment to what you own and where you live.

In verses 15 – 20 Jesus predicts that Jerusalem would eventually be surrounded by those who desecrated the temple. At that point, the faithful need to drop everything and run.

Sure enough, 30 years later forces led by the Roman general Titus surrounded Jerusalem, and put up images of the current emperor, who was worshipped as a god in the temple area. At that point, people who remembered Jesus’ words ran for the hills, and were spared the massacre that followed.

These days the temple doesn’t exist anymore, but Jesus still insists that we need to loosen our attachment to what we own and where we live.

“. . . let us lay aside every weight,” Hebrews 12:1 – 2 says, “and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Is anything holding you back from a closer walk with God? Why not talk to Him about it?