17 Sep Getting Stuffed Up!
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And a ruler asked him (Jesus), “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good?” No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.'” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
Think literally with me for a moment. What if we were asked right now to give up everything in our life – to sell it all? Would we be willing? Would I be willing? Would you be willing?
The degree of our heart’s willingness to give up all our possessions to follow Jesus (if we have to or not) is a good measure of what our priorities are and who receives our utmost worship and adoration. This is what I believe Jesus was trying to reveal to us when talking to the wealthy man. It’s about keeping a pulse on that place in our heart to make sure He’s first (because it is in our best interest and the interests of others to do so, not to mention the first and greatest commandment)! Our tendency apart from Christ tends to be possessive, unwilling to give to others but from obligation. However, through the Spirit of Jesus (which we receive by faith in Him alone), we can have qualities of sacrificial giving and willingness to do these things from a genuine heart – from the new heart He gives us (“What is impossible with man is possible with God”). Bear with me here for a second more…Being willing to give it all up isn’t so scary when you have a mindset and heart that understand that having Jesus alone is far more than we could ever ask for or dream of.
“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26
“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25
Have a wonderful day, friends 🙂 Thank you all once again for all your continued support and encouragement. It brings a smile to my face 🙂 Looking forward to hopefully seeing you soon!!!
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