I keep seeing the story of the rich young man in my heart this morning along with the phrase, "I choose." Lord, I ask You to write through me what You desire to be said today.
We can read the conversation between the Lord and this young man who had "great possessions" and recognize that he chose his wealth over following the Lord. What is standing out to me as I read it again today is the fact that he acknowledged keeping the commandments, yet he knew that something was still missing.
He was doing everything right according to the commandments that Jesus said he must obey in order to enter life. He chose not to commit murder or adultery. He chose not to steal or bear false witness. He chose to honor his father and mother, and he chose to love his neighbor as himself. Sounds like he should be content with his obedience, right?
"What do I still lack?"
Was he wanting Jesus to pat him on the back and say, "Wow, you have it all together! Good job! You should be good to keep living as you are?" Or did he sense that his good choices to do what was right were still leaving an emptiness that he couldn't seem to fill?
When the Lord tightened the focus of the lens on his wealth and offered him the choice to give it up and follow Him, that was the choice that revealed his real issue. We can easily sit here and scoff at him, saying that we would have quickly sold all of our possessions and followed the Lord in a heartbeat. However, when the Lord hones in on our weaknesses, we realize that it's not as easy as we thought it would be to lay them aside and choose Him.
I encourage you to ask the Lord what you still lack. It's gonna take courage to find out what weakness presents itself as the rival to following Him wholeheartedly, but is it not worth it to know your own heart? As for me, I want to know what would divide my heart from Him.
I decide right now to choose Him over whatever it may be, and I pray you choose Him, too.
Father, nothing compares to the greatness of knowing You, so please don't let me place anything over following You. I want to truly love You with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength. Search my heart, O God. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Matthew 19:16-22, Psalm 86:11, Psalm 139:23-24,
Psalm 73:28, Philippians 3:7-8, Matthew 22:37