Scripture: Matthew 19:21-22 NASB “Let’s Make A Deal”
“Jesus said to him, ‘If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.’ But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.” Matthew 19:21-22
I already wrote a great blog called Hold On that would cover this passage. Great. Now I have to come up with something else.
Well, notice this poor guy had a lot of stuff. He wanted to worship his stuff and get into Heaven, too. Jesus didn’t tell him he had to sell his stuff to get into Heaven. He told him he had to sell his stuff to become “complete” or mature (cf. Matt. 5:48).
Does everyone have to sell all their stuff to be complete? No. Jesus knew what keeping this young man from having the best relationship with him. After all, the young guy couldn’t carry everything he had around with him while he was following Jesus.
There is not a price to be paid for salvation. It is free (cf. Rom. 6:23; Is. 55: 1-2; Rev. 21:6). However, there is a price for discipleship. It is our life (cf. Gal. 2:20). But if we pay it, there is “treasure in Heaven” (v. 21, cf. Luke 14:27-28).
OK. So now, who wants to sell their iPhone and have a deeper life here on earth and better place in Heaven?
I already said Jesus didn’t say you had to sell your stuff. Maybe you don’t. But, ask yourself, is there anything that is getting between you and the Lord? If so, it’s best to deal with that. It’s not worth losing your best life now or your best life up there.
Deal with it.
And if you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
How do you know if there is something that you need to get rid of in your life? Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us . . . .” So here’s the rule: if you own something that is holding you back from having a better relationship with the Lord, then get rid of it. It could be something that you prioritize above God or it could be someone. If you are worshipping your phonograph, you may have to go digital. If you are worshipping your boyfriend or girlfriend, you have to re-think your relationship. (Hey, if you are worshipping your wife or husband, you are stuck. You will have to change your mindset not your spouse! Stay married!)
If the Holy Spirit has brought something to mind that you need to deal with, deal with it.
If you do, you will be blessed!
Do it now . . . today!
The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: You Must Be Kid-ding