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GAINING FROM LOSS

June 14, 2017

Wednesday

 

Matthew 19:21

 

Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

 

 

LESSON

 

By referring to being “complete,” Jesus was referring to the young man’s statement that he felt incomplete, that he needed to do something more to assure his eternal life. Jesus did not mean that the young man had eternal life and just needed to do a little more, to put the icing on the cake . What this young man needed to do was to become a disciple of Jesus, to start following Him and learning from Him. God’s will did not just involve keeping commandments. It also involved following Jesus. If he did that, he would learn how a person obtains eternal life: not by good deeds, but by faith in Jesus. To follow Jesus, this rich young man would need to “sell” his “possessions.” He could not accompany Jesus as he needed to without disposing of things that would have distracted him. Such a material sacrifice to follow Jesus would gain a reward eventually. Jesus was assuming the young man would become a believer after he became a disciple.

 

The young man was not willing to part with his possessions to follow Jesus. He was willing to keep the whole Mosaic Law, and even to do additional good works, but submitting to Jesus was something else. Jesus had put His finger on the crucial decision this young man had to make

when He told him to dispose of his possessions. Would he value his possessions, or following Jesus to learn more about eternal life, more highly? His decision revealed his values. What values are keeping you from a closer relationship with Christ?

 

Memory Verse: John 12:24

 

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”

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