Jesus explains to the rich ruler that worldly wealth can be a hindrance to spiritual growth. As written about in the post Eternal Treasure Jesus explains to him that building treasure in heaven should be our ultimate purpose in life.
God sees the big picture and if we put our attention on Him and what He can do, then we will receive this greater perspective. Today’s video Greater by MercyMe is about this the Spirit of God living in our heart to help make the impossible possible and build eternal treasures in heaven.
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” – Luke 18:27
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The clear point made in Luke 18:18-30 is that we can do all the right things and be the best person in the world but still not be good enough unless we follow Jesus. The rich ruler in this passage was sad because it would be hard to give up what he had on earth to follow Jesus. The same concept is true today. Those who have it all right now have a tougher time giving it all up to follow Jesus.
One must give it all up and follow Jesus to be saved and receive the true treasure of life eternal. Many things can stand between us and in accepting the Lord; pride, position, family, friends, and the love of money are just a few.
The Jewish concept during the time of this passage was that God’s favor led to earthly riches and poverty was God’s punishment. They didn’t understand how it could be possible to be saved but Jesus told them that God makes the impossible possible! He sees the big picture and if we put our attention on Him and what He can do, then we will build eternal treasures in heaven.
Having a changed heart by living a life that matters for God’s purpose takes work and sacrifice but little by little it can be done. Just know that one day at a time that what seemed impossible can become possible. The Spirit of God can bring us to a new level if we open the door and go through.
If we are worried so much about what we need to do and not aware of what God can do, our true potential will not be realized. Worry takes away our freedom but confidence in God gives a lift as if on eagle’s wings.
In thinking of ways to receive the kingdom of God with enthusiasm like children as written about in Just be Yourself, we need to give all credit for what is accomplished in our life to God. We need to be humble and love others as God’s creation.
Have a passion for pointing out the good in others and let others know that God has great plans for them. Point out lessons in life that we have learned the hard way and that it is when God carries us that great things are done. Be inspired by today’s video: Free to be Me – Francesca Battistelli.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. – Philippians 2:3
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