What’s Keeping You From the Kingdom?

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The Rich Young Man

    17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

    18“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’

    20“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”

    21Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

    22At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

    23Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

    24The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

    26The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”

    27Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

    28Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!”

    29“I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

The word Love in the passage above is:

agape

Strong’s Number:  25 a)gapa/w
Original Word Word Origin
  a)gapa/w   perhaps from agan (much) [or cf (5368)]
  Agapao   ag-ap-ah’-o  
  Verb   1:21,5
 

  1. of persons
    1. to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly
  2. of things
    1. to be well pleased, to be contented at or with a thing

I’m amazed and ashamed at the mention that Jesus loved this man, as He loves us and loved us when we were [and are] still sinners. I started crying when the missionary spoke these words on Sunday [today]

I should love my Savior as He loves me. But I don’t. But I should!

This passage has convicted me and made me think of what I could not give up for Jesus.

I realize that sounds negative, I should say it in the positive, I guess I should say what would I give up for Jesus?

Everything but the living ones I love.

What is it that you could not, can not, will not give up for Jesus?

I know there is something…..

The missionary who was speaking today told us he could not give up his books.

I thought that silly. But who am I to say?

To me books are a thing, and things can be replaced.

The things I could not give up. My son and my hubby.

Now that I say that, it terrifies me……

What if I had to give them up? What is He asks me to give up something for Him?

Jesus gave up His life for us…..

First to come to earth in human form, away from God, second to die and take on the worlds sins, apart from the Father. Coming full circle to be with Him again.

Who then can be saved?

Obviously a camel will never fit thru the eye of a needle, and obviously we never can obtain the kingdom by our works, by our keeping of God’s commands.

How can we be saved?

And then Peters prideful boast, We have left everything to follow you!

Haven’t we heard that somewhere in our own lives? From our lips? From someone elses?

We may think or want others to think we have or would give up everything for Jesus, but in reality….

Would we give up what is most precious to us for Jesus?

{I challenge you to be brave and think about what you wouldn’t give up to follow Jesus, then speak it out loud, God already knows what it is, take it to Him, give it to Him}

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