he comfortably asked, "What deed must I do to have
the kingdom of God?"
He was willing to "do" something, assuming that it was
a simple task, or perhaps something he could give out
of his abundance. He didn't seem worried, but actually
more like excited!
Jesus' answer baffled and saddened him.
"Give up everything & follow me."
He walked way.
Those of us who don't consider ourselves to be "rich"
don't put much stock in this story.
Hold on a second... I think we know that "rich guy"...
He's us. He's me. (and I'm not talkin' about money)
We're willing to do something for God if it's out of our
abundance & ease... stuff or skills we can quickly & easily do or give.
But Jesus doesn't want presents or an occasional task
done "all for the glory of God" (spoken in a King James voice).
Jesus want US! All of us.
The heart of us that will say,
Jesus, I'll give you...
- what I love
- what I enjoy
- what makes me feel worthwhile
- what brings me joy
- what I long for, even dream for
- what "only seems fair"
Then we have to trust that He loves us so much that
He'll do what's best.
He IS worth it.
What does this mean... for you?