Putting God's Word into Practice…

Matthew 19-Is Jesus Enough?

on January 23, 2012

A man approached Jesus and asked what good deeds he needed to do to earn eternal life.  Jesus said to keep the commandments.  Now, I would hope that my response would be, “Oh no, it’s too late for me. I’ve already broken them.  Please help me.”  But maybe I would think, like this man, that I had done a good job keeping them.  Now this man happened to be very wealthy, and Jesus told him to sell everything and give to the poor and then he would have treasures in heaven.  The man went away sorrowful because he had so much to give up.  

Whatever we are unwilling to give up shows what our hope is in–what we have made into a god in our lives.  To truly follow the command to love God with all our heart and love our neighbor as ourselves, would mean giving away our material possessions to help others because we know that eternal treasure is better, and Christ is enough.  I read a verse in Proverbs this week that goes with this–Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his deed. (19:17)

Would the good deed of giving to the poor save him?  NO!  It would only demonstrate that he had his heart set on Christ and nothing was more valuable than following Him.

“No sane person on his death bed ever comforted his heart with his possessions that his life was well spent.”  (John Piper)  How sad that we cling to that which we can’t take with us!  Lord, help to give it all up for you!

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