Luke 18:19-23 – You Lack One Thing

Luke 18:19-23
19
 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

-This rich man who approached Jesus seemed to be off to a promising start, but with a single request, Jesus shed light on an area of his life that kept him from truly surrendering to God.  Is giving away all of our possessions a prerequisite to being saved?  No, but the Lord is always going to go after the things in our lives that truly risk supplanting His place as Lord in our hearts.  For some it is money, for others it is pride, it could be sex or drugs or bitterness.  If you looked Jesus in the eyes right now, what’s the one thing that He would ask you to let go of?  What’s the one thing that’s really keeping you from living the Christ-centered life that we should all be living?  If you’re reading this right now, He’s already asking.  Won’t you let it go?

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