Monday, 27 June 2011

Monday 27 June 2011

Radical living - Part 1


THE RICH MAN
16 Someone came to Jesus with this question: "Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?"
  17 "Why ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep* the commandments."
  18 "Which ones?" the man asked.
  And Jesus replied: "'You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely.19 Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.'*"
  20 "I've obeyed all these commandments," the young man replied. "What else must I do?"
  21 Jesus told him, "If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
  22 But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
  23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.24 I'll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!"
  25 The disciples were astounded. "Then who in the world can be saved?" they asked.
  26 Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible."
  27 Then Peter said to him, "We've given up everything to follow you. What will we get?"
  28 Jesus replied, "I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man* sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.29 And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.30 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.


We are looking at eternal life and the things that we must do to receive this amazing gift. Today we will look at possessions and how Jesus described it to the rich young man.
Possession can become an idol and this can cause distance between you and God. Wanting something that you do not need is placing yourself ahead of God. Possessions and the need for it can make you self centered, and this is bad for your faith.
Remember: It is not about you, it is all about God and for Him. 
Hand in hand with this is giving to the poor and helping others. Let us look at what John wrote.


1 John 4 verse 7
Dear friends, let us continue loving one another, for love comes form God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God - for God is love.


To love other is also to help other. Try to make a difference from this day on.


To God be all the glory forever and ever.