ponderings

adding it up

How much?
Everything?
Are you kidding?

Shower of Blessings

I was thinking of the story of the rich young ruler. In Matthew 19 the young one asks Jesus how he can “get” eternal life too.

Follow the Commandments – Jesus only lists six of the ten.

I find it interesting that the young man says, “All these I have kept….what do I still lack?”

Why did he feel there was something lacking?
What would make him ask a further question?
Wouldn’t that reassurance from the first answer of Jesus be enough?

In answer, Jesus shares the goals for perfection…..
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.” vs 21 (NIV)

That was the last thing the young man expected to hear. And so, crestfallen, he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn’t bear to let go. vs 22 (MSG)

Are you holding onto “THINGS” more than God? Maybe its security of job or family. Maybe thoughts of how things should be or not be in our nation? God isn’t asking us to give up things we really need for something that isn’t worth it….

He IS the pearl of great price.
He IS worthy of it all.
It ALL belongs to Him.

Lord, help us to understand further the ways of Your heavenly economy. How bread and fish are multiplied, how coins are fished from the sea, how water can become wine and how the eyes of our hearts can be enlightened. Thank you God that when we ask for wisdom, You give generously……….help us to let go of what we feel is good so we can receive Your best!

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