We can go around claiming to be a full follower of Jesus and Believer in God but have we made those necessary sacrifices that Jesus specifically desires of us?
And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
The question in verse 20 is what many people, even “devout Christians” need to ask themselves. What do I need to do to gain the Kingdom? What more must I do to show my devotion? Those are good questions but the most powerful question a Christian need to ask is, “What do I still lack?” I can honestly say that I am still working on this myself but in order to be right with God I am ready to give everything up, take up my cross and follow Jesus.
Jesus already knew the heart of this young man and could see the potential if he followed but the spiritually poor man was so corrupt by the world and the riches that he could not fathom a different life. Let’s turn back the clock and look at life during this time. There was a wider gap between the haves and the have nots. The less you have to begin with, the easier it is to get up and walk away. This was a much simpler time where they did not have all the technology that we do. Rich folks gained their wealth through family inheritance by which some included rule over principalities. The poor were those who could function but still walk away. Ends were just barely met due to the excessive taxation.
This young man was a ruler over an area but wanted to know how to be successful in the next life. What was said was not what he wanted to hear. Give up everything and follow. What he lacked was faith. What he lacked was trust. What he lacked was full devotion to God. How can we say we are good and faithful servants when we return to our worldly ways after we are off the church grounds?
If you want to truly follow God then you must be willing to remove yourself from the world. This means being fully dependent on God. Now, how do we do this??? Well the first thing is to be absolutely certain that you are truly willing to give up all worldly things and rely on the gifts God gave you and others around you in order to focus on God and His will for your life. Next, unplug from social media. Yeah, ok, I got it but it is true and some call it a necessary evil but do you really need that distraction. Second, give up all things that distract you from things that are not of God (i.e. things of man) that are keeping you from a right focus. Yes we still need to survive but choose wisely. Now with all those things out of your way, do as Jesus commanded and follow the Great Commission, the 10 boiled down to two Commandments, and the morality laws without adding the perversions of man’s additions.
Are you truly ready????????????