It’s something that really bothered me-- my lack of interest in reading the Bible. I’ve been a believer for 10 years, so I should be able to recite Deuteronomy by now, right? Well, that’s not the case quite yet. This year, I decided that my quiet time needed to involve more than flipping to a page and trying to fit the confusing language into my own circumstances. The Lord gives us His perfect word as a way of communicating with Him, and I want to learn more each day about the abundant life that Jesus offers.
by: Erin Spruell, CKM Staff
I have been reading this story lately, not on purpose just by chance. I open up my bible and it falls to Matthew 19 and I panic. I think to myself, I know this story, the man wants to follow Jesus and Jesus tells him to go and sell all he has and give it to the poor, then he can come and follow him. The man has a lot of wealth, so he decides not to.
Is Jesus telling me to sell everything I own? Is that why I keep coming to this passage? I don’t think that’s it.
There is so much more that I have been missing this whole time. It’s not about actually selling all you own to follow Jesus, though some people will. It's about getting rid of your baggage. It's about your heart. Would you be willing to give it, whatever it is for you, up to follow him? If not, what is it that you would not give up? That is what he wants in order to have your whole heart.
For me it was simply my comforts: My community, my family, my dream job, and my cute things that make my home mine. Those things are all good, and they are all little blessings the Lord has given me, but when he called me out on a limb and I looked at my comforts versus his calling I had to decide in that moment that He was worth giving it all up for. As I sat in my living room saying yes to the Lord and I looked at all my comforts, I knew following Him would be worth it, even if it was hard.
The same is true for you! Whatever it is the Lord is asking you to give up, what he has to replace it will be so much better. So pray and ask the Lord what it is for you and whatever it is, whether its your job, your unhealthy relationship, your fear, your insecurity, give it to him and surrender your life to him, your whole life!
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About the Author:
Erin has been involved with Clayton King Ministries for many years, from camper to summer staff to CDH participant. She has been on many Crossroads Mission trips and loves to travel the world. She is from Peachtree City, Ga and a graduate of Auburn University. Erin loves photography, coffee and all things communications. She will be moving in August to Thailand to work full time for our ministry partners there!