INHERITING ETERNAL LIFE: ON WHOSE TERMS?
[Jesus] 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.” Luke 18:22, NIV
The story of the rich young ruler is worthy of our attention, seeing it is recorded in the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark and Luke. This man had all that identify one as an achiever in the world. He was young, rich, and a ruler. To add a feather to his cap, he came to Jesus, asking what he must do to inherit eternal life. He must have understood, perhaps having heard Jesus’ teachings, that eternal life is real. But he missed it because he thought he could gain heaven by his own terms.
Like this rich young ruler, many today love to identify with the kingdom of God, but on their own terms. They cannot go through the demanding process of discipleship but they would love to be called Christians. They do not want to lose their worldly ambience, friends and influences, yet they want to be identified with Jesus. But the hard truth is that we have to come to God on His own terms, not ours. The rich young ruler walked away, sorrowful because the sacrifice Jesus demanded of him was too big to pay. What demands of Jesus upon your life have you been finding difficult to honour? What things would you have to let go today to become Jesus’ true disciple here on earth and to reign with Him in eternity?
Birthday Blessing: “Say to those with fearful hearts, Be strong, do not fear; your God will come-” Isaiah 35:4
RBT Passage: 1 Samuel 1-3
“The path to greatness is self-sacrifice for the good of others.” –Yemi Osinbajo