Matthew 19:21 (NLT)
“If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
This is a call on so many of our lives, to give away everything for Christ’s sake and to live, breathe, and survive in His presence. It is honestly better than anything and everything on this Earth. It is pure joy, love and peace. It fulfills daily needs, erases discomforts and holds us up. But, for us, it is the most difficult command to follow. Simply, Jesus calls us to essentially live without possessions. That, in America, is unheard of for someone in the middle class. To give all I have, and all I will have to someone else is something I NEVER want to do. My flesh leans toward being selfish and grabbing all that I can for myself, not giving it away to someone else. This is what the daily battle is. For me, I’m constantly changing my perspective away from “me” and towards others. Its a struggle, and I have to fight my selfish nature all the time.
The second part of this command is easy. “Then come, follow me.” So many Americans will say time and time again, “I’m a Christian.” I follow Christ with all my heart. The problem is, we say one thing and do another. Our flesh, once again, takes our eyes and shifts them to something else. So rather than living in a relationship with Him, we live in a relationship with sin. It is so intriguing to me that once we truly live for God, there is no room for sin to even begin. So the struggle here is to find how to really follow hard after our Saviour.
In conclusion, no one ever said this would be easy. They just said it would end in everlasting life, comfort and joy.
The thing is, I found myself in a deep dark hole, hazed over and alone. People stopped caring; they didn’t try to get me out anymore. They just left me there. I realized I needed more. More than just surviving, more than just existing…I have to live. I need God, I need fellowship, and I need love. Without those things I am nothing and no one. “Without which not” is the phrase. Without these things, life simply has no meaning for me, and I am rendered inadequate, nothingness and simply just boring.
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