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Friday, January 10, 2014

Think About It

Come Follow Me

When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Luke 18:22 NLT)

Here’s a person that has done everything that he has known how to do to be a follower of God, yet Jesus said that there was one more thing, sell everything, give his money to the poor and then follow him. I don’t know about you but I find this to be quite challenging. Some have wondered if this verse implies that we’re to own nothing. Others see it as this person did, an impossible request that no one can achieve. After all they rationalize, how can I do this and take care of my family etc.?

For you and I the ultimate question to answer relates to ownership. Simply stated, who owns whom? Does money and possessions own us, or do we own them? The question of ownership will determine where our loyalties are placed. But this isn’t just true with God; it is also true with our family and friends. Our possessions can become so intertwined with who we are that we can’t part ourselves from them. Taken to the extreme, people become hoarders and can’t part with what they own and so they own more and more. We may not think of it this way but sometimes people become hoarders of money, unwilling to spend any of it, only wanting to obtain more. In any of these situations there is often a sense of security in the things that they have. This sense of security can, for each of us, become something that we are unwilling to give up. This is often because who we are so wrapped up in what we own and possess that we can’t see anything else. In essence, God wants us to understand that what owns us is what we are enslaved to. We cannot serve him and our stuff.

What then is blocking us from becoming a true follower of Christ? It doesn’t have to be money or possessions it can even be people. Is there something in our life that we have an unholy attachment to that He might be asking us to give up? Think about it.
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