21 Jesus 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.”
22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is[e] to enter the kingdom of God!
27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
28 Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”
29 “Truly I tell you,” 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 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life
I’m coming to understand how much I want Jesus in MY kingdom. I’m not sure I trust His Kingdom, so I keep asking Him to bless mine. He keeps asking me to give up my kingdom and enter His. Will I do this? Will it cost me? I have my life, which includes Him, kind of controlled, figured out, managed…kind of. Am I ready to follow Him with no comforting baggage? No conditions or requirements? This is impossible for me, hopefully not for Him. I’m going to ask:
Jesus, show me what I’m carrying around that is too cumbersome to enter the “eye” of Your Kingdom. I’m willing to talk with You about this. If You help, I will try to follow You without my “stuff”.
Jim Shields, Pastor
Sanctuary Ministries – Concord