Spotlighted Scripture: Read Luke 18:18-30
How many times have you read this story and thought "well, I'm not rich so this doesn't REALLY apply to me". I believe the "rich" in this story could be interpreted in multiple ways.
Yes it was wealth & possessions that were preventing this young man from inheriting eternal life. But could it represent other "things" as well? Whatever we choose to put before our relationship with God can hinder our ability to "come & follow".
Pride, fame, selfish needs/wants, family/friends, physical fitness, shopping, greed, and so the list goes on & on. Any of these "things" can hinder your ability to recognize the need for a Savior resulting in the inability to inherit eternal life. Once we are "in" through surrendering our life to the saving power of Jesus, these "things" can hinder our ability to connect with God and be fruitful for his kingdom.
So take time today to reread this passage and insert your "thing" into the story.
- What kind of person would Jesus have called you? Rich, fit, famous...
- How is your "thing" preventing you from becoming a child of God? Ask God to reveal Himself to your heart- all you need to do is confess with your mouth & believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9-10).
- In what ways are your "things" hindering your daily relationship with God? What can you do today to respond to what Jesus asked the young rich man- "See everything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me".