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TITLE: He Walked Away
By Connie K Cameron
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In Matthew 19:16, a rich young man came to Jesus and asked how to receive eternal life. Jesus told him to follow the ten commandments. The rich young man said that he did that, and asked what else he had to do to receive eternal life. Jesus said, “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.” The man walked away sad, because he had great wealth.
Jesus didn’t send the rich man away or say that he couldn’t come with Him, The man walked away.
God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, in Genesis 22. Abraham bound Isaac and put him on an alter, He was ready and willing to do what God told him to do. He completely trusted God. Abraham knew that what ever happened, it would be the best thing. An Angel of God stopped Abraham at the last second and God provided a ram for the sacrifice, instead.
Have you ever shut your eyes and let yourself fall back into someone’s arms? It is a hard thing to do. You really have to trust the person that will be catching you. God wanted Abraham to do just that, and he did. Jesus wanted the rich young man to do just that. But he walked away. He wasn’t sent away, he made up his own mind, he made his choice and that choice was for his money.
Romans 2:9 says, “God will give each person according to what he has done. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self seeking and reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.” Abraham had faith in God and because of his faith he did not walk away when God told him what to do, and so he did not sin. The rich young man could have followed Jesus but instead chose his money, and in doing so, sinned.
Sin is addictive and given a choice, some will pick sin. Money isn’t evil, but the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. The choice you have to make is, you can obey the Lord, trust Him, believe in Him, put Him first in your life, and receive eternal life or you can choose your sin, what ever that may be, and walk away.
Jesus told the rich young man to get rid of his sin; love for money, then to follow Him. So just laying our sin down isn’t enough, we also have to have the faith to follow Jesus or take him as your Lord. Romans 10:9, says, “Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead and you will be saved.” It may sound complicated but it’s simple; listen to God, lay down your sin, take Jesus as your Lord and be saved.
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