The Greatest Sorrow of All…

“Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”

And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.”

So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.” Luke 18:18-23

Why did the rich man become sorrowful in this Bible story? He wouldn’t give up his earthly riches to spend forever with Jesus. He went about his life obeying the law. He was a religious man. But he wasn’t willing to forsake all for Jesus. He wouldn’t give up what was most precious to him on earth to have a forever relationship with God. But everlasting life isn’t just about being with God in heaven. It’s also about how we live our lives here. For when we place our faith in Jesus as Lord, we give Him our very lives. We become His. Now and forever. And we learn to live for Jesus. We don’t just get to look forward to being with Jesus after we die. We get to experience and enjoy fellowship with Christ NOW – AND forever!

The greatest joy in my life is being in a relationship with the Lord NOW AND FOREVER, and the second greatest joy in my life which is borne from being loved by God and loving Him in return is SERVING HIM in my everyday life.

The greatest sorrow ever for a human being is to hold onto the treasures and pleasures of this life and to refuse to repent and receive Christ as Lord and a forever relationship with Him, and the second greatest sorrow in holding onto the ways of this world and the temporal treasures that go with it is to miss out on SERVING CHRIST with a HEART FILLED WITH LOVE FOR CHRIST.

Serving Jesus in our everyday lives comes with a price, friend. It comes with a forsaking of sin, with a turning from self, with a willingness to leave behind our personal selfish desires and fleshly dreams so we can be wholly available to love and serve Christ – now and forever.

Are you wiling to leave behind your “riches”? Riches may mean zillions of dollars for one person. For another, it may mean a personal dream that does not please Christ. Whatever it is Jesus desires we give up for Him, we must be willing to pay the price and do what the rich man in this story did not do. He walked away from Jesus sorrowful. We, friend, need to walk away from our worldly ways no matter how hard it is and how much it hurts to do so. We need to be willing to forsake all for Jesus and to follow Him wherever He leads us TO LOVE HIM and TO SERVE HIM with ALL OF OUR HEARTS!

The joy I have discovered in Christ and in loving and serving Him with all my heart there is no earthly treasure and no earthly pleasure that can even compare!


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