A group in Africa found a very clever way of catching monkeys alive. They made a hole in a log and put bait inside. The monkey reached his hand in to get the bait, but when his fingers closed on it, he couldn’t get both the bait and his fist back through the hole. Determined to hang on to what he had at any cost, he was still hanging on when captured. All he needed to do to be free was to let go. But, to the monkey, letting go was incomprehensible – his priorities would not permit it.
It is often true that Christians are so determined to hang on to the treasures of the world that they end up enslaved and subservient to satin (1 John 2: 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world).
Brent Lewis, Christianity Magazine