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Love’s Limit

 

Mat 19:16-22

Vs. 16-And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

Vs. 17-And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Vs. 18-He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

Vs. 19-Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Vs. 20-The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?

Vs. 21-Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

Vs. 22-But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

 

In these verses we have a story of a young man asking Jesus what he needed to do to earn eternal life.  In verses 17 & 18 we see that Jesus’ response is keep the commandments.

The young man responded, “Which”?  At first glance it appears that he is like a lot of young people today because he doesn’t want to keep all of them as Jesus told him to; he wanted to do one.  Jesus responds with 6 commandments (let me say here that Jesus knew that no one could do all of these; even though the young man says that he did keep them from his youth.  Salvation has always been, and will always be a FREE Gift).

Jesus next response was to show this young man reality.  Jesus told him to go and sell all that he had, give the money to the poor, and follow Jesus.  This young man may have thought that he was good enough; Jesus was illustrating to the young man that he had his limits and was fooling only himself in thinking that he was perfect.

This young man probably did not realize what his limit to pleasing Jesus was.  It says in verse 22 that he went away sorrowful.  He realized his limit.  In our life, we probably have an idea of where our limit is.  Do you know yours?  I don’t believe that Jesus was surprised at the young man’s response.  He knows all of our limits.  True dedication and servitude comes when we are not only willing to give all and follow Jesus, but when we DO give all and follow Jesus.  That is where true joy and happiness can be found.  That young man gave up being a part of countless miracles and seeing Jesus works wonders.  Let us all ask our selves, where is my limit?  Better yet, ask Jesus.  Be careful though, He just might show you!

 

I hope you have a good week and pray that God blesses all that you do!

November 25, 2011 - Posted by | Devotional | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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