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Didn’t see it December 25, 2007

Posted by clintcarter in God, Life.

Carey and I were talking about Jesus comments to the rich, young ruler – read the whole story here.  Verses 21-22 really stuck out to me.

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.

Whenever I’ve read this verse in the past, I’ve always thought “what a bummer for that guy – that’s a tough thing to do – Jesus is asking something that’s no fun”.  I don’t know why it struck me different this time (one of the great things about God’s Word).  We were driving in the car, Payton had a bad attitude – crying, whining, very self-absorbed at the moment.  Then it struck like lightning, he recognized something that Alli wanted and he reached over to grab it and gave it to her.  His countenance, composure, everything changed in a heartbeat – just from that moment of giving.

I posted a couple of months back (here) on the fact that God made us to be happiest when we are giving.  And in that light, what Jesus asks of this man is not a burden.  In fact, if he were to follow Jesus’ instruction he would be overflowing with joy.  Have you ever given something to someone in need and watched the effect on them?  It is a moving experience to be sure.  Now imagine that you had $100,000 in cash to distribute to the poor and the needy.  Those would be  life changing, energizing moments indeed.  I don’t know what this man was worth, but the Bible says he had great wealth.  Jesus gave him an incredible opportunity to experience joy like he never had before, but the man couldn’t see it.

God, don’t let me make the same mistake, even when I feel You ask too much.



1. Sugar - January 4, 2008

Part of giving is driving home for the holidays when you are so sick of being on the road. But then you aren’t doing it for yourself, are you!

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