“The young man replied, “I’ve kept all these. What am I still missing?” Jesus said, “If you want to be complete, go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come follow me.” But when the young man heard this, he went away saddened, because he had many possessions.”Matthew 19:20-22 CEB
This passage from Mattthew, these words from Jesus always convict me. How beholden am I to my stuff? How much does money and finance cause me anxiety each day?
The word of Grace from the Lord comes in the invitation to follow. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for a lifetime. And yet, we hesitate. That’s why this passage is so convicting, and yet the offer still stands, the invite to a different way of being in the world still stands.
In Matthew 6, Jesus own words recognize our worldly needs, our connection to them, and promises God will provide. And yet…we still hold on to things so tightly.
As I reminded recently, by the death of friend and a great man, you can’t take it with you. The only thing that can’t be taken from you is God’s love. Believing it is one thing, the challenge is living it.
Prayer: Lord, you provide for me. You always have. Help me to let go of material things and money. Invite me again to follow you. Continue to challenge my worldly ways. Amen.