Forsaking all I Trust Him – Day 6July 5, 2011
And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
This passage comes from an encounter the Lord had with a man we have come to know as the rich young ruler. There are many interesting things to note about this young man.
- He was the one who approached Jesus with a question as to how one can receive eternal life (v.16), because he possessed a spiritual hunger.
- He reveals that he grew up learning and keeping the commandments of the Lord (v.20).
- Yet, in all of his efforts he knew something was still missing.
- And when he was posed with the final key to possessing what he desired, he walked away sad as the final key revealed what truly possessed his heart.
Then Jesus, who looked at him lovingly, answered his question. He said “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”
The rich young ruler had to make a decision to forsake something in order to embrace what he desired. His problem was not that he had possessions, but how the things he possessed had him. In other words, he obeyed the Word, but his trust was not in God, it was in his natural wealth and resources. Jesus said the key to possessing eternal life, is to forsake your trust in your natural abilities and wealth and place your trust in God alone.
Living a life of great faith takes more than a desire, more than obedience, it takes a heart that is willing to place their trust is in God alone. It was interesting to note that the young man had only “one thing” to deal with, but that one thing was keeping him from everything.
As you forge ahead today, make a decision to forsake the “one thing” that is keeping you from embracing everything that God has for you.
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
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