Let Things Go for God
Do you have one precious thing that you own? It could be a baby blanket, your wedding ring, a childhood journal? We all keep these special things that hold more value over everything else we own. I know for me, it would be my Sally baby doll that I have had since I was a baby. These things we have, we express that we would be broken if we lost them. It would obviously not be as broken as as we would feel in losing a loved one, but for some, it's scary how close the brokenness would feel.
In today's Gospel we read:"And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 18And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: `Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'" 20And he said to him, "Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth." 21And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." 22At that saying his countenance fell, and he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions. 23And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!" 24And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 26And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, "Then who can be saved?" 27Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God" (Mark 10:17-27).
Jesus tells this man that to be a true follower, he must give up everything, absolutely everything that he owns in order to follow him. This man was good, devoted to following the Commandments, being good for others, yet could not give up all he owned, because he was so attached. We can often put ourselves in his shoes. We treasure the things we have far more than we should, which pulls us aways from God. We need to remember that all that we own are just things of the world. They are things which can be replaced. What we need to value most is those around us, and following God with the ability to leave everything we are comfortable with, for Him.
Today's prayer comes from 'Crosswalk', a prayer for separating myself from God today:
Lord, may nothing separate me from You today. Teach me how to choose only Your way today so each step will lead me closer to You. Help me walk by the Word and not my feelings. Help me to keep my heart pure and undivided. Protect me from my own careless thoughts, words, and actions. And keep me from being distracted by MY wants, MY desires, MY thoughts on how things should be. Help me to embrace what comes my way as an opportunity... rather than a personal inconvenience. And finally, help me to rest in the truth of Psalm 86:13, 'Great is your love toward me.' You already see the ways I will fall short and mess up. But right now, I consciously tuck Your whisper of absolute love for me into the deepest part of my heart. I recognize Your love for me is not based on my performance. You love me warts and all. That's amazing. But what's most amazing is that the Savior of the world would desire a few minutes with me this morning. Lord, help me to forever remember what a gift it is to sit with You like this. Amen.