Archive for February 12th, 2008

Luke 18

Today as we conclude Luke 18 we see the story of the rich man who wants to find out how to gain “eternal life”.  He approaches Jesus and states that he has kept the commandments and wants to make sure he is going to spend eternity in heaven.  “What must I do” is the question he asks.  Jesus gives him one last step – “sell everything you own and give it away”.  Whoa – that stopped the train.  This man has no interest in that program.  Scripture tells us these words to describe him: “He was holding on tight to a lot of things and not about to let them go”.  What are you holding on to?  What keeps you from going to 100% for Jesus?  We all have our areas of struggle with this.  Money, time, toys – the list is a long one.  But if we are going to become a Christ follower we can’t go most of the way.  At our company retreat this past weekend we began discussing the principles of continual improvement.  One of the key realities of that process is that anything less than 100% is a defect.  Do you have a defect in the way you follow Jesus?  Are you giving Him 100%?  Of course the crowd that had heard the question can’t believe that expectation and asks “who has an chance at all”?  Pay close attention to Jesus’ answer here.  “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.”  This is not a me thing.  It is not going to happen by my trying harder or pulling up my boot straps and working for it.  It is about trust and obedience.  God will help us walk as a Christ follower if we put our hope and trust in Him.  Our future is very safe in His hands.  But we have to come into that relationship and allow Him to be in control.  As they left that place and came to Jericho a blind man was by the side of the road and called out.  Those walking ahead tried to quiet him but he yelled all the louder.  As Jesus approached He asked the man what he wanted.  To be healed was the answer.  Jesus said “your faith has saved and healed you”.  Instantly – because the blind man believed.  Do you?

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