13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” he inquired.
Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”
20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
21 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.”
22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
The Creek, A Covenant Church – Pleasant Hill CA
Observation: Obeying Jesus’ words bring life. Yet this rich man “obeyed” his position of wealth, and went away sad. People, all people, give their hearts to something, the question is, to whom or what? The call to obey is actually a grace from Jesus rescuing ourselves from ourselves.
Action: Today I am choosing to obey Jesus. I confess, I often find myself obeying my desire for personal recognition, selfish pleasures and financial security. I need to be rescued from obeying what will never give me life. I am convinced that the call to obey Jesus protects me from pursing life where it will never be found. Jesus’ call to obey is my rescuing grace. I will be attentive today for the opportunity of giving someone my time, my energy and even my money. Jesus, thank you for calling me to something vastly bigger than myself.