Luke and the Lost
We all work hard to get stuff we need, like or just want. Then we work hard to store our stuff by buying bigger places to keep it safe. A lot of time and effort goes into the stuff of life….that is very temporary, isn’t it. You probably already know what is next in Luke. Read it slowly and let God’s Spirit speak to us about our stuff that holds us back. We all have something we are holding onto with tight fists. What is that that must be given up to gain God’s bonus?
Luke 28, The Message
The Rich Official
18 One day one of the local officials asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to deserve eternal life?”
19-20 Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good—only God. You know the commandments, don’t you? No illicit sex, no killing, no stealing, no lying, honor your father and mother.”
21 He said, “I’ve kept them all for as long as I can remember.”
22 When Jesus heard that, he said, “Then there’s only one thing left to do: Sell everything you own and give it away to the poor. You will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
23 This was the last thing the official expected to hear. He was very rich and became terribly sad. He was holding on tight to a lot of things and not about to let them go.
24-25 Seeing his reaction, Jesus said, “Do you have any idea how difficult it is for people who have it all to enter God’s kingdom? I’d say it’s easier to thread a camel through a needle’s eye than get a rich person into God’s kingdom.”
26 “Then who has any chance at all?” the others asked.
27 “No chance at all,” Jesus said, “if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.”
28 Peter tried to regain some initiative: “We left everything we owned and followed you, didn’t we?”
29-30 “Yes,” said Jesus, “and you won’t regret it. No one who has sacrificed home, spouse, brothers and sisters, parents, children—whatever—will lose out. It will all come back multiplied many times over in your lifetime. And then the bonus of eternal life!”
Mm, so it’s not so much what we have, but what we are willing to let go of that makes God smile and bless. It’s not who we are but Who we belong to heart, mind, body and soul. Stuff grows mold and someday disappears, but God and the bonus of eternal life with Him is forever!
Dear Heavenly Father, You have put us in a place to work, but is it to make money to pay for the stuff we think we need or to be a blessing to someone who needs it today. That is the stuff of life You are talking about. Isn’t it? May your Holy Spirit speak to us all day long. Help us to let go of all that is keeping us back from you completely. In Jesus Name, Amen