Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 5, 2013

One Thing

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Luke 18:18-21. And a ruler asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother. ’” And he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.”

Here is a privilege person who, to others, appears to have everything he could ever want or wish for. Yet, this man wasn’t satisfied. He knew he was missing something in his life. He was missing the assurance of eternal life. He knew he obeyed all the laws but felt that wasn’t enough. Jesus confirmed the man’s doubt. Jesus said, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” The man walked away sad. Even though he wanted eternal life he did not want to give up his riches and power. We all have something of this world we hold on to. Our question is what is it in this life we are hesitant to give up? It is that thing we hold dearly that keeps us from emersing ourselves in the love of God. We should not take this lightly. We each should pray and listen and allow God to reveal to us the one thing we lack.

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