“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. (Matthew 19:20-22 NIV)
What happens when questions are asked and we don’t like the answer? When accepting Jesus as Savior- He is our authority. Choices have to be made- are we taking salvation experiences serious or was it a bluff? If serious, our lives will never be the same. We are a new creation in Christ, and our spiritual journeys begin. For every serious decision, it’s amazing to think how far we’ve come. If lives are the same, call bluff and become serious. This is a journey not to miss.
The problem in today’s society- even worse in the church, people walking away from Jesus. Culture is being changed by a generation not raised in church, because their parents left for college and then left church. It may have been by default, missing one Sunday and the next…until routine lacked desire to go. And now just not liking what Jesus says to do. Rules are not liked to be followed, therefore, the church is seen as rules. Yes, we have God’s Word and lessons within are life transforming.
The rich young man asked Jesus what good thing must he do for eternal life- simple answer was follow His commandments. He felt this was not enough and asked what more. Interesting, Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect…” Jesus never expected us to be perfect. Perfection would be Jesus, and He left all His possessions in Heaven, following God’s Will; born a virgin birth, Savior of mankind.
Follow God’s commandments…and all else will fall in line. There is much to learn- as we’ve heard, consider this a journey and as we keep moving forward in Jesus, we’ll reach our destination; Heaven.