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  • Writer's pictureIsrael Ekundayo

YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE (3)

*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*


*YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE! (3)*


*Scripture Treasure.*

Matt 19: 21-24 *Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.*

*But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.*

*Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.*

*And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.*


*Insight and Highlight.*

We are made perfect when we lack in nothing that is required for eternal life.


*Scripture Commentaries.*

The story of the young man is a lesson of character test. Who we are will determine the choice we make, and the choice we make would indicate who we are.

The young man had an attitude, and this was reflected in the choice he made.

Jesus told the man in Matt 19:21-24 that if he wanted to be perfect, he should sell all he had, give all the proceeds to the poor, and follow Him.

The young man *".....went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.*

There are questions that would help us to learn from this story, as believers.

Would Jesus have him sell all he had? What would he live on after he had sold all he had?

At what point are we ready to choose our lifestyle's most treasured possessions for the sake of the Kingdom?

First, Jesus would not want us to sell all we have, and we end up depending on others to survive.

Second, this passage must be viewed from the point of a test on the character of this young man.

Jesus's word was designed to bring a turning point to this young man's attitude to the poor.

He had an attitude to the poor. This was his besseting sin that stood in his way as a rich and privileged man.

Jesus' word was to test his love for the poor and to conquer his disdain for the less privileged.

It is so surprising to hear a young man wishing perfection, yet he is insensitive to the poor around him.

Third, Jesus was not saying that stripping one's self of goods and giving to the poor does necessarily ensure the great reward, but a test of what we selfishly cling on to will be the ultimate test to making Heaven.

Any rich man would find it difficult to enter into the Kingdom of God. Not because he is rich but because the rich find it difficult to serve God, sacrifice to God, and are often insensitive to the survival of the less privileged in our society. Many rich need to put themselves into the shoes of the poor.

God searched the young man's heart.

What he loved most (money) and what he hated to do in order to please God (loving the poor) were God's ultimate test to him. He chose his wealth over God's treasure.


*Remorse corner.*

Voluntarily depriving ourselves of our most treasured want for the need of the poor is the perfection we need.


*Call to Word action.*

The young man needed to obey and follow but he failed the test of choice. Matt 6:24 says Jesus said, *“No man can serve two masters..."*

It was a question of whether he would choose the Kingdom of God over the world.


*The Christian clarion duty.*

The young man's reaction showed he can not change from releasing the littlest thing he possessed how much more stripping himself of all he had to the poor.


*Prayer.*

Lord, help me to be perfect, lacking in nothing that is required for life eternal in Heaven, in Jesus name.


Good morning and have a blessed day today.


God bless you.

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