You Lack One Thing.....
August 18, 2015, 6:43 AM

Luke 18:18-27 (NIV)

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’[a]

21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

26 Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”

27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

I am reminded of a J.G. Wentworth commercial that always says, "it's my money and I want it now". In life we want things like we are at Burger King or Something, we want to customize our lives to fit our needs, and for things benefit us in the best way possible. When we choose to follow Jesus it needs to be more of Him and less of me Lord... The man in this story asks Jesus a simple question, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Even though this man stated that he had always strived to do "good", keep the commandments Jesus stated that there was still one thing that he was lacking... A sold out commitment to Him, a relationship that states Less of Me Lord, More of You. Jesus knows that this is a hard commitment and even says that it will be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle that for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. Just as we are probably asking the same question when everyone heard this they asked Him, "WHO then can be saved?" Jesus gives the best and most reassuring reply... "What is impossible with man, is possible with God"! We must remember that with God all things are possible, we will never be perfect, Jesus was the ONLY perfect man who walked this earth. We can try our best but we will never be good enough, and deserve what God grants to us... What He wants from us is a Sold out Commitment to Him, a relationship with Him that will state that I can absolutely have nothing, give or sell everything and serve Him whole heartedly. Are you sold out to HIM? Is your life dedicated to Him? Is He in control of your every action, every move, every word?

Lord... I try, I try, I try... But I will never be good enough... But, Lord it's less of me, and more of you.

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