Where Does Your Heart Rest?  (Luke 18:18-30)

A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’”

21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

22 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.”

23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

26 Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”

27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

28 Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”

29 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.”  (Luke 18:18-30)

Learn it:

            It may seem like this story is strictly about money and not letting you into heaven, but it is more to do with not having idols that we find our security in.  This ruler was serious about his faith and obeyed the law.  From the outside he looked like a strong follower of God.  Jesus could see through him to his heart.  That is why Jesus challenged him to sell his possessions and come follow him.  Jesus knew how much the ruler needed his money and that is where his heart was.  Jesus wants us to love him above everything else!  He does not want just our obedience.  He was us to be obedient because we love him completely. 

            After hearing this the disciples were shocked and wondered how anyone would be able to get into heaven.  Peter was even a little concerned about himself.  Jesus reaffirms them that anything we sacrifice for the kingdom of God that we will be repaid either in this life or the age to come.  Eternal life is going to better than anything we would ever receive here on earth.  It can be hard to remind ourselves about that when we do not see it.  That’s where faith comes in! 

Live it:

            Don’t worry, Jesus is not asking all of us to go sell all our things and become homeless!  What he wants is our hearts and trust.  Some people may put too much trust in their money and not in the Lord.  Maybe for others it could be their jobs, family, or a hobby they do.  It is the things that we do that define us.  Are we defined by our wealth, our job, our social status or are we defined by being a child of God?  If someone were to ask you about yourself what is the first thing that comes to mind?  Would you immediately say you are a follower of Christ or would you tell them your job title?  For me, I struggle with not saying my job title first.  It describes so much of what I do.  But we are only here for a short while!  Why would we define ourselves but something that is temporary and not by eternity? 

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