A saint is not someone who is good but someone who experiences the goodness of God.

-Thomas  Merton

 

What is it or who is it you will forsake in order to follow Jesus? 

If it’s not everyone and everything—you are in the same boat as the young man who was stuck on his possessions.   The young rich man didn’t need Jesus when you get down to it.  It wasn’t just his money he was holding on to, he was plenty content with himself and his own good works—the young man was happy enough and could live his life without Jesus.  Those of us who follow Jesus—well, we decided the time had come to give up on our plans to live without Jesus. 

Unlike the self-suffiecient young man, we didn’t decide to follow Jesus because we were so smart, wise or even good.  We were in need and Jesus came to us and we figured nothing else had worked.  The assumption that we were so willing to forsake all else was challenged the moment sin came knocking on our door and we succumbed—the notion that we were so smart was shattered the day we put our hope in something other than Jesus—and the idea that we were so wise was dispelled the moment we followed the crowd rather than the Savior.  And if you can’t relate, follow Jesus a little while and you will.

Another day, a man stopped Jesus and asked, ‘Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?’

Jesus said, ‘Why do you question me about what’s good? God is the One who is good. If you want to enter the life of God, just do what he tells you.’

The man asked, ‘What in particular?’

Jesus said, ‘Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you do yourself.”

The young man said, ‘I’ve done all that. What’s left?’

‘If you want to give it all you’ve got,’ Jesus replied, ‘go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me.’    (Matthew 19:16-21, The Message Bible)

Some of us are fortunate enough to have somehow ended up following Jesus.

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