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Jesus Loved Him

Jesus Loved Him

01 November 2009

Scripture:

Jesus felt genuine love for this man as he looked at him. “You lack only one thing,” he told him. “Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (Mark 10:21 NLT)

A young man came running up to Jesus on the street and asked very respectfully and sincerely what he needed to do to get eternal life. Jesus reminded him of the commandments of God and he responded that he had been very diligent in living a moral, commandment-keeping life. The thing is, Jesus and the young man both knew there was something missing.

Jesus looked him in the eye – and loved him! So he challenged him on the one thing that would be most difficult of all for this nice young man – the one thing that hindered him from spiritual progress.

If Jesus really loved him, why did he hit him with the one thing that he just couldn’t manage? Why not ease into it? Why not make an exception? Why not give him a couple of options?

I believe more confidently than at any previous time in my life that Jesus loves me – really loves me. But that doesn’t mean he won’t look me hard in the eye and challenge me on the one thing – or in my case the things – that stand in the way of my spiritual progress and growth.

Jesus loves me just as I am, but he loves me too much to leave me like that.

Like this nice young man that Jesus loved, I have the choice of responding in obedient faith to Jesus’ hard look in the eye and challenging words or of walking away with a heavy heart. I don’t want to disappoint Jesus and I don’t want to miss what God has for me. But it sure seems tough some times!

Prayer:

Father, when Jesus looks me in the eye and challenges me on the one thing that I most need to let go of or take hold of, I purpose to rise to the challenge. I don’t want to miss what you have for me! Please don’t give up on me and let me walk away with a heavy heart. I have decided to follow Jesus – no turning back! Amen.

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