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Unload It and Travel Light, Following Me

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Stevebidmead - archive copy

There was a young, influential, and wealthy man who approached Jesus about becoming a disciple and being part of the God movement as a Kingdom heir..

Jesus challenged him.

He went away. I would not say he was turned away, but he was confronted with some requirements that were unique to him and his situation.

What makes his life different is that the calling to follow Jesus is not something that ought to be part of our lives. It is, rather, the totality of our lives. 

We do not need God in our lives. We need our lives in God. 

We are not called to passivity or conformity. We are called to radical following. We are not called to accumulate, but to disseminate. We cannot hold back, make excuses, look over our shoulders, or be bogged down by what we have or think we have.

If we think we already have much and we love it too much, it is too hard to let go.

You can only take one carry-on and one personal item on the plane these days and you cannot take a truckload of spiritual luggage on your journey with Jesus.

It is hard for the rich man, Jesus says ... or the man who perceives himself as rich and unable to travel light.

But who can be saved if it is so hard for us to let go?


How. Because we are already in the realm of the impossible where with God everything is possible.

We are not as rich as we think we are.

The call is still there.

He can help us lighten our load.

Hear the story of "The Rich Young Man."

"And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 

And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 

And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 

Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions."

"And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 

And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 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.” 

And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 

Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 

Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”"  - Mark 10:17-31 (ESV)