As someone who lives in North America I count myself as privileged. I really want for nothing. My needs are met and so are most of my wants. I have everything I need at my fingertips. If you are reading this you are likely in the same situation as I am. But, here is a question . . . If God asked you to sell everything and give the money away, could you do it? I have to admit that this would be a very difficult decision for me.
In our passage today we meet a young man who is very confident of his own abilities. He has set himself up with money and position. He knows the rules and follows them. However he recognizes that there is still something missing in his life. Like many of us, we may feel that there is something missing. That is what sin does to us. Romans 3:23 tells us that we have all sinned. We have all fallen away from God but that there is hope in filling that void. The young man comes to the very person that can fill this void.
He recognized Jesus and called Him good!! While I believe Jesus was testing him with his question “Why do you call me good?” that was not what Jesus wanted to focus on. Jesus wanted to take more of an in-depth look at the ethics of what this young man did.
The young man recognized and responded with all the right answers. He was very aware of the things that he needed to do and the laws that he needed to follow but then it came to Jesus’ final statement: “Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” These were things that the man could not part with. He chose to walk away from God because he preferred his money and possessions instead. These are things he could not give up.
How many of us are in the same situation? We want to follow Jesus but there are things that he is asking us to give up BUT we just cannot let go. I challenge you this day to search and see what God is asking you to give up and to do it. It will not be easy but the rewards for it will be GREAT!!
Lenten Reader 2018
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