Devotional | Jesus Calling You

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Matthew 19:16-30

"Jesus answered, 'If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.' When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth." (verse 21-22 NIV)

“Come, follow Me.” This is what this pericope of scripture is all about, it’s not a teaching against riches, nor the hopeless state of the rich - it’s a teaching about discipleship:

“Come, follow Me.”

The rich young ruler was enquiring what it takes to experience eternal life and Jesus’ answer was: “Come, follow Me.” We are called by God to be fully human. Being fully human simply means to be fully alive as God desires it - the ‘God kind of life’. This has been a teaching of the church from the very beginning. St. Irenaeus in the 2nd century AD is famous for saying, “The glory of God, is Man fully alive.” Jesus told us that eternal life is not a distant future hope of glory, but a glory we can experience right now - here and now. He said, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3 NKJV).

The rich young ruler was offered the promise of eternal life through becoming one of the disciples of Jesus. He wanted what his riches couldn’t buy - yet he was unwilling to give up that which prohibited him from receiving what he was seeking - eternal life. What a contradiction! Can you imagine being in that state? Imagine refusing to let go of the actual thing that is preventing you from experiencing eternal life. Imagine refusing to be fully alive and fully human... and yet all of us do, in some way or another, refuse to follow Him in every way. And consequently, any area in which we refuse to follow Him will be the area in which we remain void of eternal life and not fully alive - we remain alive in death until we follow Him out of it.

What is holding you back today? What are you refusing to let go of? Jesus is calling you, “Come, follow Me.”