In 2006, I participated in a men’s early AM Bible Study that I really enjoyed. The name of the Bible Study caught my attention, Losers. The paradox of this was that the majority of these men were financially successful…a number being considered “movers and shakers” in the Dallas economy. The foundation of the Bible Study was that each of these men was willing to lose all of their earthly riches to follow Christ.
Luke 11 is very clear about the depth of commitment and the level of trust that as his children Jesus must have, 23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?
Jesus states clearly in this Biblical passage that your life is worth much more than the composite wealth, power and status of the whole world. One is temporary and the other is eternal. One is bankrupt at the end of a life and the other has eternal worth. Worldly success means nothing in the Kingdom of Heaven. We as Christ-Followers must be willing to lose all of this to be His children. Nothing can come before your love and commitment to Jesus.
There is a riveting story told in Mark 10. A gentleman came to Jesus yet was unwilling to give up his riches and had to walk away sadly from Christ: 17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Jesus seemed harsh in His demands for this man; however, it stated that “Jesus looked at him and loved him:” This man’s riches were his idol and was unwilling to give these up to follow Jesus. Christ knew his idol was keeping this rich young man from heaven. His worldly riches were not worth his soul.
How about you? Is there “One thing you lack?” keeping you from following Jesus? Whatever this one thing is, lose it that you may gain eternal life. What a deal!