Today’s Reading: Matthew 19
Key Verses: “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. Matthew 19:20-22
Continuing from what we learned yesterday, we are going to continue to learn about the commitment Jesus teaches is need to follow Him.
A chicken and a pig came upon a church building and read the advertisement on the billboard out front, which read, “Help Us Feed the Poor.” Immediately the chicken suggested they help feed the poor with bacon and eggs. The pig thought for a moment and said, “There is one thing wrong with feeding bacon and eggs to the poor. For you, it only requires a contribution, but for me, it requires total commitment.”
Many in the church today do not want to be totally committed to the Lord because it demands too much of them. Webster’s Dictionary says “To commit oneself says one is to speak or act in such a manner as to bind oneself to a certain line of conduct.” Commitment to Jesus Christ is more than a definition. Too often we find ourselves lingering between being committed and uncommitted. It is this that Jesus was speaking about in our reading today.
The man in our reading said that ‘I have done all these things’ but it’s not about keeping a bunch of do’s and don’ts. It’s about keeping the laws of grace and mercy and obeying the commandments to live a holy life. We get so caught up in judging others that we forget about the sin in our own lives. The Bible tells us that where our treasure is, that’s where our heart will be also. In a world that is so caught up in materialism and self-gratification, it’s no wonder that people don’t have a heart after God.
Are we a member of the uncommitted always focusing on self rather than God? This man who came to Jesus was looking for a better method of getting what he wanted rather than wanting God to make him a better man. We are prone to look to God only to help us accomplish our goals… whereas God is looking for us to surrender our lives and give our goals to Him.
God is always calling and challenging the uncommitted to commit to Him. 2 Timothy 2:11-13 says “This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. 12 If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”