Saturday, August 29, 2009

Κύριος Notes


It's all about You, Jesus
And all this is for You
For Your glory and your fame
It's not about me
As if You should do things my way
You alone are God
And I surrender to your ways

Scripture Reflection:Luke 18
18A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
19"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone. 20You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'"
21"All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said.

Lord Jesus this was a person who had been raised right. He had been instructed and had an understanding of the law. He was someone who was interested in the message that you were preaching. It could be that internally he had a sense of the impending change that was about to occur with your coming. He was a rich man who made the journey to see you.

I can so easily get intimidated by power and by people who have it and know how to use it. Thank you Lord Jesus for the example of telling truth to power. Even when Your message was last thing that power wanted to hear.

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."

This young man could have been the thirteenth disciple? Here is an invitation that was not extended to many. It was a select few who were offered this chance. The entrance fee was to leave behind what constraining and limiting his ability to follow.

23When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. 24Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!

I wonder if this man ever changed his mind? I wonder if in the years ahead somewhere along the road did he ever make the changes that he needed to make?

25Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
26Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"
27Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."

Lord Jesus this rich man who rejected you that day...only eternity will tell if he changed his mind...if he had another chance at redemption. Sometimes impossible things happen rich men change, sometimes rebels repent, sometimes the truth seeps into where it did not have entrance before.
Salvation costs the same for everyone...acceptance of a free gift unearned and undeserved. Dependence on You Lord Jesus for our value and not on the things we have or earn or even learn. Salvation depends on radical dependence.

Lord Jesus in this day lead me in your ways. Help me to say yes to you as soon as you ask ...lead me in the way of your way everlasting.

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