"Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments." Matthew 18:17
In the past when I have read the Matthew 18:16-29 I have thought about it in the context of money. The sad Rich Young Man that would not give up his wealth to follow Jesus.
I have often thought about the blessings that we have received from God and reminded myself of verse 23-24.
"Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, 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."
Not that we are rich, but compared to many countries, many of us in the United States are very wealthy.
I have often thought, could I go and sell everything I had and follow Jesus. I tell myself that of course I could, because I know the end of the story. I know who Jesus is, I know that there is something far greater than the treasures I have on earth.
However, when I was reading this today, I was thinking about my life. If Jesus was standing in front of me today, what would he ask me to give up to follow him?
What consumes my life that I put before Him? I am focusing on this question today. I am praying that He will reveal it to me.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3