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Friday, January 21, 2011

The Rich Young Ruler

Remember the rich young ruler from scripture (Luke 18:18-29)? This rich young ruler came to Jesus and asked what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus reminded him of the commandments and the rich young ruler told him that he had kept them since he was a boy. Jesus knew the man standing before him, knew his Achilles heel. The man's wealth was more important to him than the peace and joy he sought. Jesus told him he still lacked one thing - sell everything you have and give it to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven. Then, come and follow me. The rich young ruler became very sad because he was a man of great wealth. He was willing to follow Jesus but on his own terms, not Jesus'. He couldn't relinquish all. He could only relinquish most.

How much control can you relinquish? Don't ask God to be your assistant. Don't seek God as an equal partner. Don't buy into the "God is my co-pilot" crowd. Make yourself God's assistant, his employee, his  co-pilot.

If you had a conversation with God and asked Him what you had to do to find the peace of heart that can take the place of comfort food in your life, what answer would you fear most? What word would make you tremble if God suggested it had to go? Your reputation? Your intelligence? Educational status? Financial security? The next binge? Dessert? Second helpings? Laziness? What would you not be willing to give up for dreams come true? Read Ephesians 5:5 again - overeating is greedy; it is idolatry. God have mercy on us.

Adapted from Slender Steps to Sanity.

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