Tough question, right?
This week’s song comes from Pillar – ‘Everything’.
It reminded us of the story from Matthew’s gospel (in chapter 19) where Jesus is approached by a rich young man who asks, “What good deed must I do to have eternal life?” He was one of the good guys; a good Jew, obeying all the laws and customs. But, still, he needed to double-check, so he asked Jesus if there was anything else he should be doing. Jesus told him,
“If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Oof! It says the man went away ‘sorrowful’ – for him, it was too big of an ask.
OK, so Jesus may not ask us all to sell our possessions and give them to the poor, but He does ask us all to ‘follow him,’ which can be the hardest part! He asks us to give up ourselves – and to live for Him. This message doesn’t sit well in a culture like ours where we are told over and over we can have whatever we want right now, and our destiny lies in our own hands. But, hey, that’s why following Jesus is so radical! Our true destiny lies with Him, with letting go of our own agendas, and taking up our part in His plan, not just for our life ‘right now’ but for an awesome future.
Check out how the chapter goes on:
“I tell you the truth… it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”
Then Peter said to him, “We’ve given up everything to follow you. What will we get?”
Jesus replied, “I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne…..everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.”
It may seem like an impossible task to follow Jesus, but as He says, “with God everything is possible.” So – what’s stopping you?