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What's Next?

What's Next?

02 May 2009

Scripture:

20 “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?” 21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 But when the young man heard this, he went sadly away because he had many possessions. (Matthew 19:20-22 NLT)

This young man was a great guy. He was good and godly and wanted to be the very best. His specific problem was that he was holding on tight to a lot of things. Jesus put his finger on the very thing that stood in the way of taking the next step.

Jesus didn’t tell everyone he met to sell all their possessions and give everything to the poor. He did challenge everyone who wanted to be his disciple to put him first, before anything else – before anything at all.

Things I’m holding on tight to don’t have to be only money or possessions. I might be holding onto a position, a reputation, a relationship, a hobby, a habit, or even an attitude.

Anything I hold too tightly can keep me from taking the next step. I’m determined to be a “What’s Next?” disciple, ready to take the next step in God’s plan for making me the person he wants me to be, the person he can best use to be a blessing to others.

Prayer:

Father, over the years you’ve put your finger on a lot of things in my life that I was holding too tightly. I don’t relish the pain of the process, but I offer my life to you. Like the young man said, “I’ve done all that. What’s left?” A new chapter begins. What’s next?

With Jeremiah, I pray, “23 I know, Lord, that a person’s life is not his own. No one is able to plan his own course. 24 So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.” (Jeremiah 10:23-24 NLT). Amen!

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