The Things We Have to Give Up
by Berni Dymet 

Matt. 19:23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven."

One of the things that stop us from giving our lives lock, stock and barrel to Jesus is fear of what we'll have to give up. 

Like the rich man that asked Jesus what he would have to do to inherit eternal life.  Jesus looked at Him and loved Him and He knew in His heart that the one thing that was holding this man back was his wealth.  So Jesus said - go and sell all that you have and give it to the poor - and you'll have treasure in heaven.  Then, then you can come and follow me.

The man was shocked and turned away.  He didn't want to give up his wealth.  Does that mean we all have to sell everything and be poor?  No - but Jesus will always ask us to lay down the thing that you and I would place before Him.

That's the deal.  God comes first.  And the riches that flow from that are indescribable.  But first, God comes first.  The decision is there for each one of us to make. 

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