There was a rich man that was asking Jesus what He had to do to have eternal life and Jesus proceeded to name off of these commandments. The young man says,
“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered if you want to be perfect , go, sell your possessions and give to the poor , and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Matthew 19:20-21
Jesus asks the rich man to sell his possessions
I have to do what Jesus? I’ve asked this question as this is a big stronghold I deal with. The young rich man went away sad and to be honest I feel like that young rich man who doesn’t want to give away his possessions. God said you cannot serve both God and money. And even as a Christian I have been so upfront with God and told Him I am feeling.
Lord, I am sharing your Word with people and glorifying your name, what else do you want from me? I’m a Christian why are the people of this world who aren’t even following you receiving so much blessing in their life. Why are you asking me to do these things?
These are the questions that have filled my mind time and time again. What’s got to give?
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is harder for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 19:23
Why do you put your security in your riches?
What are you talking about Jesus? What do you mean it’s harder for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven? The world says that money is our security. That money will help us to be free and live the life we’ve always dreamt of. Are you saying that I have been lied to this whole time by believing these things that the world has taught me?
I have followed the lies of the world in regards to money longer then I would like to admit. I am telling you this in hopes of encouraging you. Is this you? Where do you find your security?
Will the rich man choose to let go?
As I talked about in my last post about not serving both God and money, I told you that I was led down a dark road because of fame and money. This was a time where I gambled a lot. And I mean obsessively. I struggled with not only the love of money but greed. I would gamble $100 and win $500 but that $500 was not enough. I couldn’t walk away. By the end of the night, I would have been now a negative $500. That’s a problem.
I don’t have this problem anymore in regards to gambling but I have still clenched my money tightly. I have wrongfully put all my security in money and possessions. How would I escape this dead-end road that is out to steal my joy, family, and life?
Matthew 19:24 proceeds to read,
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God”.
With God all things are possible
Did you notice that Jesus repeats himself in verse 23 and 24? That looks to me that he knows how much of a stronghold this can be for someone. But hold on, don’t lose hope.
Matthew 19:26 Jesus says,
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”
So even though Jesus said that for the young rich man this would be hard, Jesus says it’s possible with God.
Therefore, as I continue to shed the love of money from my life, I need God’s help. I need to pray that he will relinquish me from this deceiving love I have had. He says I need to follow him.
What does this look like for you? Are you the rich man who has a tight grasp on your possessions, sad to let go of what you’ve worked so hard for? There is a greater treasure found in the kingdom of God!