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Lenten Devotional – Day 11

Lent 3Revisit Matthew’s account of Jesus and the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:16-30.

But I don’t want us to get stuck by focusing only on our failure to live up to Christ’s perfection.  Remember, we live on the far side of Resurrection Sunday.  Our sins are forgiven though, many times, we still do battle against them or succumb to their charms on this side of Heaven.

I’m glad Matthew honestly recorded the disciples’ reactions to the picture that played out before them.  A rich young moral man who seems to have his act all together is sent away sad after talking with Jesus.  The externals weren’t enough.  Religion didn’t save.  

Sacrifice and dependence on Christ alone saves.  It’s countercultural and the disciples, and I, were left questioning – Who stands a chance?  Is this a losing game?

Once again Jesus ends by offering eternal perspective.  He draws their eyes out of the temporary “x” sacrifices and reminds them of his eternal perspective.  Jesus responds with a picture of hope for every difficult choice made out of obedience and love for Him.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible… And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.

God will help us realign our worship in light of eternity.  Our weakness isn’t the point.

His strength is what the Christian life is all about.

How are you living in light of your relationship with Jesus today?

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