Luke 18:22 Giving Up The World’s Hold

“When Jesus heard this, he said to him, You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Luke 18:22

A young rich man came to Jesus wanting eternal life. Jesus first tells him to follow all the ten commandments from the law. After the man tells Jesus that he is already doing that, Jesus tells him to sell everything, give to the poor and follow Him.

Although there is nothing inherently wrong with most things of this world, they can be a problem for a person. Things can get in the way of your relationship with God.

Very often, many people will put things before God. They must wash the car, rather than take time to worship God; work instead of doing ministry; go fishing instead of church; and the list goes on and on.

Your first love should be to God and whatever He wants. If God tells you to jump, your first response should be ‘yes, Sir’ and you jump. If God wants you to get rid of something, you should do it immediately.

Do not allow the things of this world to have a hold on you. They will hold you back from the things God has for you. God may be protecting you from harm or disappointment when He has you get rid of something.

No matter how good or great something is, it will never bring the joy and satisfaction of a relationship with God. Knowing Jesus can bring a peace the world cannot understand. Jesus gives you a hope of eternal life.

The things of this world only give you a short temporary joy. The things of this world will break down and fade away. They will not last very long. The things of Jesus last for all eternity.

Are you willing to give up the hold things of this world have on you? Are you willing to run after Jesus with everything in you? It will be worth it.

I pray today that God will help break the hold things of this world have on you; that God will reveal to you what you need give up; that God will give you strength to follow Him; that you will know the joy of serving God; and that you will draw closer to God each day.


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