This past weekend, a visiting pastor preached at our church. His church has several campuses in a major metropolitan area and he has also authored several books. He met my pastor a few years ago and they have become very good friends. Actually, I was reading a book written by this minister when I was diagnosed with cancer back in 2007 and God used it as one of the means to encourage and strengthen me. Needless to say, I have been looking forward to hearing him preach.
The text this morning was taken from Luke 18. It is the story of a man who is simply known as "The Rich Young Ruler". This man was faithful in obeying the Law. He avoided the sins of commission. On the surface, he lived an exemplary life and yet, he felt that something was lacking. He was right.
He came to Jesus and wanted to know what he needed to do in order to obtain eternal life. Jesus told him there was one thing he needed to do. He needed to sell all of his possession, give the money to the poor and... come and follow Jesus.
Do we fully realize what Jesus was asking this man to do? His possession were indicative of his position. They provided his social standing, commanded others to respect him, enabled him to do great things, provided him with security and... Jesus was asking him to simply give it all away... leave everything behind... and follow Him.
He doesn't do it. Would we?
What are we willing to sacrifice in order to follow Him?