This morning, in one of my churches, we looked at Luke 18:18-27...it's the story of the rich man. The Lord really spoke to my heart about something today through this story.
Here's what happens:
- A rich man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. While asking him, the guy calls Jesus "Good Teacher".
- Jesus says something like this: No one is good excpet God. The commandments are-- no adultery, no murder, no stealing, no lying and honor your parents.
- The rich dude then says: "Hey, I have always done these things."
- Jesus responded by saying: "You are still missing one thing. Go and sell all you have and give it to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Then, come follow me."
- The man gets really sad. It hurts. He had a lot of money.
- Then Jesus makes this statement: "It is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle, than for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God."
Here's what really emerged for me:
- God does not want half my heart. He is not impressed with 75% either. He wants all of me.
- Not only does he want all of me, but he wants THAT area. You know, that one that I do not want to give up. That one that I think I deserve to keep since I do not lie, murder, commit adultery, steal or dishonor my parents.
- That thinking is about you being good. Jesus made it clear that none of us are "good." Did you catch that part?
- Jesus looked into this rich man's heart....he knew his story...and he asked for obedience in the area that was most precious to him...and most difficult to yeild. That area.
- He loves our total and radical obedience. This story proves it. Sell it all and give it to the poor. Total. Radical.
- I do not think that the point of this story is really about rich people. You can have plenty of money and a surrendered heart. And you can be dirt poor with an unsurrendered heart.
- Heart. It is about our hearts. Jesus wants them, and he is not interested in sharing them with anything or anyone else.
What is/are the area(s) of your life that Jesus would have picked if it were you in this story instead of the rich man? Today, I have admitted two areas in my own life. What are yours? In what areas are your heart not fully submitted and surrendered?