And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16)
Matthew 19 tells the story of the time Jesus encountered a man who wanted to know how to obtain eternal life. This man, we are told, was very wealthy—so wealthy, in fact, that when Jesus told him that he must give up his riches on earth in order to have treasure in heaven, he couldn’t bring himself to do it. He loved his wealth too much to part with it. For him, it was simply off the table.
Watching him walk away sorrowfully, Jesus turned to His disciples, who had been listening in on their conversation, and said, “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” (v. 24).
Jesus’s statement here is jarring—so jarring it actually makes me wonder about myself, Is there anything in life that I love more than Jesus? Are there any areas of my life that are off the table when it comes to following Him?
You see, the hard-hitting truth of Jesus’s encounter with the rich man is that while we’re quick to say that He is Lord, we are often reluctant—if not unwilling—to radically adjust our lives for the sake of His Kingdom. Which, in turn, reveals what we truly love, for “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mat. 6:21).
You see, real Christ-followers must understand that, biblically speaking, love for God does not consist of mere talk, but also in deeds that correspond with His Kingdom purposes (1 Jo. 3:16-18, Jas. 2:14-17).
We cannot afford to dismiss this. If our daily living does not reflect a full devotion to Jesus and His Kingdom, we must consider whether our preoccupation with the cares of this world have curtailed our love for Him.
So take a good look at your life.
How do you use your time?
How do you spend your money?
How do you relate to your family?
What’s your attitude toward others?
How are you viewing your career?
How are you using entertainment and social media?
How committed are you to the mission and vision of LifePoint?
Put it all on the table and ask the Lord, What do I really love? Is there anything that I’m unwilling to sacrifice in order to follow You with full devotion? What things are you calling me to forsake in order that You might be glorified through me?
It’s absolutely crucial that we put everything back on the table as we look toward the Lord’s Day. Each time we gather for worship Jesus is calling us to do the very same thing that He called the rich man to do—to forsake everything for His Kingdom in order that we may receive all that He has for us: “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life” (Mat. 19:29).
Jesus wants to give us more glory and blessing than we can imagine. Will we put everything on the table for His sake?
With this in mind, listen to the words of two songs we’ll be singing this Sunday. I pray that, as you consider their lyrics, you’d remember that knowing and following Jesus is worth every sacrifice we’ll ever be called to make for His Kingdom:
Set List for Sunday, September 17, 2017:
Hallelujah! What a Savior (Your Love Has Rescued Me) by Austin Stone Worship (P. Bliss, M. Carter, A. Ivey, H. Suh)
This I Believe (The Creed) by Hillsong Worship (M. Crocker, B. Fielding)
Arms Open Wide by Hillsong United (S. Knock)
O Come to The Altar by Elevation Worship (M. Brock, C. Brown, S. Furtick, W. Joye)
Fully Devoted by Life.Church Worship
You can also listen to a playlist of LifePoint’s current song rotation on Spotify.