Are You Ready to Let Go?
ARE YOU READY TO LET GO?
"Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, 'One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me' But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions." Mark 10:21-22 NKJV
The rich young ruler is described by three words, ”rich”, “young”, and “ruler”. The emphasis seems to be on rich. Do you want to take a guess why? It was what defined him. Have you ever thought about what defines you? Is there something you’re not letting go of? Maybe you haven’t figured out yet the reason you’re not moving forward. Well, you can discover it the same way the ruler did, just ask Jesus. He will reveal it to you. This rich young man surely knew the laws pertaining to inheritances as well as he knew the back of his hand. But now he’s looking for the law of eternal life and what he must do to inherit it. It looks like he's doing all the right things. Unfortunately, he's doing them for the wrong reasons.
We can’t earn our way into heaven. It’s only by God’s grace that we can approach His throne. Jesus shows us that even in our weaknesses He still loves us. He doesn’t hold any of our sins against us. As a matter of fact, He has already forgiven every sin we have committed or will ever commit.
By asking the question “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” it shows that he felt it would be easy to follow a “system” like he had since his youth, rather than a belief system that is based on faith, not works. When Jesus answered him, he was shocked to learn that he would have to give up something rather than follow something. He was a very wealthy man and money defined him.
Lord, I’m asking You to search my heart and reveal to me what’s holding me back. Show me what I’m holding onto. I ask for wisdom in dealing with my selfishness which is keeping me from moving forward in my walk with You. I pray for a deeper relationship with You and the strength to overcome my excuses. Help me to see the bigger picture and how magnificent You really are.
In Jesus' name, Amen
What is keeping me from inheriting eternal life?
Have I taken the first step and identified what it is that I'm hanging onto?
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