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18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Luke 18:18 New International Version (NIV)

18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Follow Jesus Christ, no one or anything else. Leave everyone and everything standing in between behind. My shock and dread diminishes as I come to terms with this. I must even die to myself.

I am rich, I am blessed. To account for all I have been given and kept from would make me a king. Alas, I am proud and stubbornly hanging onto Earthly accomplishments and interests. Glory be to God, yet I still try to impress with works. I have been gifted many talents and abilities. Squandering time and energy on things that have nothing to do with God have offended and opposed Him. My citizenship in the kingdom of God needs to be patriotic. Questioned and challenged, I need to stand tall and strong through songs of praise unto the Lord, Jesus Christ, my personal Saviour. I may be a king, but I must be a willing slave to the King of kings.

I have dreams worthy of interpretation. One was of a long-time friend wanting to know what would happen to his daughter from whom he was being separated. This made me think of the rapture. Would all young children be taken up due to their innocence or ignorance? I imagined God granting a final farewell before the final decision and division between heaven and hell. My old friend cares dearly for his daughter but nothing for God. I have a favourite family member I love dearly yet he is not saved. Thankfully he listens to and entertains the subject matter of Christianity sometimes. I do not know his fate any more than I know mine. God knows. The reason I bring all of the above up describes my dilemma, although diminishing. I have prayed to God many times, in Jesus Christ's name, to save my whole family from hell. I must accept and defend the fact that not all will be. I am being selfish. I am tempted to demand and make conditions with the Lord for what I will and want. That cannot be. I must die to my selfish self even if that means giving up my relative. I will not give up on him as long as we both live on this Earth. I trust righteous destiny in God's sovereign hands.

Only God is good. Everyone and everything else is no comparison or substitution. Truth is this way. More and more this gives me comfort and joy. I know what I must do. I confess, apologize for, rebuke and desperately fumble for repentance from any ungodliness. I am led away from the darkness, disillusionment and death of this world by Christ's light. I am eternally grateful and in the Lord's debt for my life. May I be a living sacrifice on God's holy altar. May I be dead to all else that challenges this. May I live solely for the Holy Trinity eternally.

Gregory Brumwell ~ September 2018

Luke 18:18-30 New International Version (NIV)

18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’[a]”

21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

23 When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. 24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

26 Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”

27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

28 Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!”

29 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”

Luke 18:18-30 New International Version (NIV)

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