Tuesday, August 19, 2014

what must I do?

Two stories:
One young man had great riches, and a marvelous life that he loved...
One young man had great position, and a marvelous life that he loved...

Both of these men met Jesus one day. Not at the same time or in the same place, but the same critical heart issue was at stake.

"Give away all that you have to the poor," Jesus said to the Rich Young Ruler.
"Why are you persecuting me?" Jesus said to Saul of Tarsus.

Both of these men were called to lay down what was most important in their lives and make Jesus their first priority.

"When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth." Matthew 19:22

"At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God." Acts 9:20

Their responses were completely opposite. The Rich Young Ruler turned away from life in Christ. Saul (also called Paul) became a missionary reaching countless numbers of people with the Good News of Christ's life and God's love.

It is so important to realize that we all are called as these two men were ~ called to make Jesus the first love of our lives, the first priority in our lives...

We have something in common with the Rich Young Ruler and Saul. It may be a relationship, a gift or talent or skill or job, an interest, a circle of influence, a material object. Perhaps it is that we are well thought of in the community, we have just the circle of acquaintance that we always hoped for, a way of life that we are comfortable in or so very proud of ~ something that is of immeasurable worth to us.

This is a lifetime challenge for those who love the Lord. Praying, watching, sifting, pruning - making certain that He holds the place that is His in our lives ♥

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