Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
Eternal life can be tasted now for those truly in the flow of God’s will. The “rich man” in today’s scripture verse wanted to know what he must do to “inherit eternal life.” He was doing all the right things…following all the commandments and religious rules…but was he being in right relationship with God and with others? Jesus knew that the man was attached to his many possessions. That attachment prevented him from truly being free to give of himself in the service of God. It prevented him from freely following God’s call and becoming his “true self.” Notice how it says that Jesus “loved him” while calling him to make a major change. Possessions in and of themselves can be good if we are good stewards and generous with them. However, it is difficult to have many possessions and not be focused on clinging to them. We mistakenly believe that power, prestige and possessions will bring us happiness. The source of lasting happiness is God alone. Material possessions will fade away…but God’s love will never end. What or who is blocking you from serving God, following Christ and becoming your true self?
Suggested song of the day– “I Want to Follow You” on the Listen to Your Heart album.
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Have a blessed day!