Submitted by Debra Stitt
"There is still one thing you lack," Jesus said. "Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." But when the man heard this, he became sad because he was very rich. Luke 18:22-23(NLT)
Our one thing can be awfully huge. For the rich young man, the one thing Jesus called him to surrender was huge. Clearly, this story impacts us at two levels. It calls us to be generous and understand the heart of God toward us and others. However, it also asks us to look at our life circumstances and determine what the one thing most difficult for us to give up for Jesus would be. Then it calls us to give it up. So the message for you and me, dear friend, is this: that we must be generous and we must not let anything interfere with our wholehearted devotion to the Lord Jesus.
Dear Father in heaven, please never, ever, let anything crowd into my heart and become a rivalry to your Son. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
May God Bless you and Keep you, In His Service,
I like Vicki's take on this message. Her insight is incredibly insightful. She doesn't focus on a particular word, she focuses on the message. This scripture is not about money, it's about looking into our hearts and cleaning out what's more important to us than Jesus. Anything that takes up more space in our lives and heart than our love of Jesus needs to be put in check.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.