Greetings from Words of Life Evangelism. I want to thank you for coming back to join us again for another word God has laid on my heart.
We all have goals in life, these are very important things to have. The problem is, when our goals over take the big picture and you get so focused on your goals that you don’t want to do anything but work on your goals. Even to the point that you’ll give up all the good God has for you, because you don’t want to change your course. Jesus encountered a lot of these issues, but I want to look at one such encounter.
Look at when Jesus encountered a young ruler in Luke 18:18-30
V. 18A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
V. 19“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. V. 20You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’a ”
V. 21“All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.
V. 22When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
V. 23When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. V. 24Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! V.25Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
V. 26Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”
V. 27Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
V. 28Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”
V. 29“Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God V. 30will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”
When this ruler came to Jesus to seek His answer, I truly believe he wanted to know the truth, but He probably never expected Jesus to tell him to do what He did.
You see when this man came to Jesus, he knew and had kept the law. So he was expecting Jesus to tell him if he was lacking anything. Then Jesus hit him right in the heart.
Jesus knew the man’s heart, just as He knows your heart. Jesus knew this man loved his wealth more than anything. That’s why he was not willing to give it up and you can see that, because Jesus told him to get rid of his wealth and give it to the poor. Remember what it said in verse 23;
V. 23When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. He didn’t want to sell everything he had.
Listen, Jesus wasn’t telling us stuff is bad, because Jesus dealt with many rich people and never said a word about their stuff. This is a heart issue and Jesus will deal with the heart straight to the point.
This ruler was chasing after his stuff rather than God.
I want you to understand it’s not just money that can be the issue. For some it might be a T.V., others it could be your cars or your home, whatever takes the place of God is what you are chasing.
I get it, life gets busy I understand that better than anyone. The problem is, we allow life to get so busy that it begins to take the place of God. It doesn’t all happen at once either, it’s little bits at a time. A small decision here and there and before you know it, God has not only been put to the back burner, He’s been taken off the stove and set on the counter. In other words you have let your goals take the place of God.
Goals are very important, like I said in the beginning. But you can’t let them take the place of your bible, devotional time, your prayer time, or your time just to talk to God.
God wants you to have goals. He wants you to work with excellence in all that He has called you to do. But do you understand that even in what He has called you to do, if you are not careful, you can even allow that to take the place of God leading? There are a lot of people in the world that have a lot of stuff or money. They are great men and women of God, but the difference is, they don’t allow that stuff and their careers to take the place of God.
Having stuff is not a bad thing, it’s when stuff has you.
Having money is not the issue. Scripture makes that clear, it says the love of money is the root of all evil. Folks leave that one little word out of that scripture and it takes on a whole different meaning.
Don’t make life difficult. In everything that you do, do it unto God. Seek God’s council in everything you do. Allow God to move in your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you.
Don’t let your goals take the place of The One True God.
So I ask you today, what is it that you are chasing? What is keeping you from living to the fullest extent for God. If you are not sure what it is that is keeping you from God, just ask Him and He will direct you in the way you should go.
God didn’t leave us out in the cold, even though we allow things to take the place of God. He just waits for you. He waits for you to come back or He waits for you to come to Him in the first place. The main point is, that He waits for you and He loves you.
He waits for you to ask Him into your heart to become your Lord and Savior, The Leader and Controller of your life. All you have to do is ask.
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Remember: God loves you and so do I.
God Bless you,
Adam Losekamp (Evangelist)
Words of Life Evangelism