With God everything is Possible

Matthew 19:21-30 (NLT)

21 Jesus told him,“If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions 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 away sad, for he had many possessions.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

24 I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

25 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.

26 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

27 Then Peter said to him, “We’ve given up everything to follow you. What will we get?”

28 Jesus replied,“I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

29 And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.

30 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.

Some of the messages from Jesus are hard for us to understand with the natural mind, they seem to be opposite of all we know.  That’s because they are.  We have to understand them through the spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.

How can we give up everything and still have a hundred times more? By faith.  Jesus did not give this message (to sell all) to everyone, just to the one He was speaking to at the time.  A man who was so tied to his possessions that he could not follow the Lord.  We don’t usually have our possessions, they have us.  When this is the case the only way we can truly put our faith in God is to be willing to give them up. I don’t know that this means a person always has to give everything up but they do need to be willing to give everything. Some people start out serving the Lord with nothing, in that case what they have to give is themselves.  This is the most important sacrifice.

The disciples had already done this but did not realize that the sacrifices they had already made were what would bring them the greatest reward.

Matthew 19:27-29 (NLT)

27 Then Peter said to him, “We’ve (already) given up everything to follow you. What will we get?”

28 Jesus replied,“I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

29 And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.

We don’t give up (things) to get a reward but God does reward those who are willing to sacrifice to follow Him.  The key here is to follow Him.  Allow Him to guide you, instruct you and keep you.  Put your faith in Him and trust Him to take care of you.  Don’t get distracted by looking for a reward.

This passage begins with the man asking how to be saved.  If this is our goal we have to follow God’s plan.  Give yourself to Him, ask Him to be your Lord and Savior, follow Him and His plan for you, and give Him all you have: spirit, soul, body and possessions (as He leads you).

Matthew 19:26 (NLT) Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

Let Him decide the reward.  It is sure to be more than we could ever ask or think. Be obedient and serve the Lord wherever you are.

Matthew 19:30 (NLT) But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.

Ephesians 3:18-20 (NLT)

18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

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