God promises to give us an inheritance.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6
All promises are fulfilled in Christ.
Please read Matthew 19:16-30.
I can relate to the young ruler that addressed Jesus with questions in this passage of scripture. He had a question, and he wanted a simple answer. It seems that he wanted a step to take, a role to play, or a list to check off. When I read Jesus’ answer, it almost sounded like he was trying to give this ruler exactly that… a simple answer.
I can also relate to the frustration I believe I hear in the ruler’s response. He only thought he wanted a simple answer. In reality, he’d done all the simple things. He’d followed the rules and honored his parents. He’d also not done the bad things; murder, adultery, steal, bear false witness, but that didn’t seem to be enough. He wanted to know what he was missing. He questioned Jesus like, “there has to be more.” He’d done all the simple things that Jesus listed but still seemed unsatisfied.
Have you ever reached the end of yourself?
Has there been a time in your life when doing the normal things to dig yourself out of a “funk” just didn’t do the trick?
I have! And, as frustrating as it is, I’ve grown to appreciation a holy dissatisfaction with the status quo. I won’t say that I love a difficult season, but I’ve learned to hold on tightly and look with anticipation to the good that will come out of it.
Even in my most difficult seasons, though, I can tell you with 100% certainty that Jesus has never asked me to give all that I have to the poor. I feel like He’s led me to some hard choices, but this one is not something I’m familiar with. Why did this young ruler need to give all that he had?
I’m going to suggest that Jesus went for the thing that was controlling this young man…. Money. I believe Jesus asked him to give away all he had, because he wasn’t going to fully trust until the object of his security was gone. OH GIRLS…. I have been there.
One of the things I love most about my God is that He desires a relationship with me so much that He will allow disappointment, doubt, struggle, and failure into my life if that’s what it takes to snuggle in close to Him and lean on Him for everything.
I serve as an administrator at a private, Christian school. Our team of administrators meets every Tuesday. Once a month, we enjoy communion together. Before we read scripture and take the bread and the cup, someone shares a word of testimony. This week, our Athletic Director (who has been at our school over 25 years) shared a song from late 80's or early 90's that changed her entire outlook on life and ministry. As soon as she said the name of it, I remembered it from my youth group days. I loved it then, but I really don’t think I listened intently to all of the words, because they are powerful. I’m sharing with you…. So bear with the dated material.
The last shall be first and the first shall be last, because surrender to God’s path and plan is the very best thing for us. Our best lives are lived in full submission, with hands wide open to any earthly possessions knowing God will take what we offer and multiply it for the Gospel every, single time.
For further reading: Matthew 6:19-24; John 14:1-3; Ephesians 1:3-14
Dear God, Your goodness and mercy are enough, and I want to follow You and receive these gifts all of my life. I hate that I'm so tempted by the things of this world. Relationships, possessions, and and the approval of others steals my attention on a daily basis. But, I hear You calling me to a greater inheritance. You want more for me than the status quo. Help us all to be a people that trusts you deeply. Show us where we need to "give it all away" to follow You fully. Then, give us the courage to obey out of a desire to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13