Monday, August 11, 2014

Matthew 19:26

Matthew 19:26 - Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Our God is the God who makes impossible things happen. For Him, nothing is impossible. Jesus tells His disciples this just after a confrontation with a young rich man.
This rich young man had lived a good life. He had obeyed the commands of the Lord and was overall what you would consider a good man. On top of that He was successful in sense of finances; he had a lot of money.
When he came to Jesus I think he was looking for affirmation. He looked at his life and thought he was doing pretty well and he wanted Jesus to see this. As they were going through the list of commandments he told Jesus that he had kept them. Jesus agreed. 
Right about now I’m sure this man was feeling pretty good, but Jesus goes on. “If you want to be perfect,” Jesus told him, “go, sell all your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” As the man heard this, his heart sank and he went away sad because he had great wealth. 
Jesus then told His disciples how hard it is to enter heaven and this confused them. Think about it though, whether you are rich or poor or somewhere in between, it is not possible for you to get into heaven. You can’t do it on your own, there is no way. It is impossible.
Then we are reminded that our God makes the impossible, possible. He takes what we can’t do ourselves and does it for us. Through Jesus He took all our imperfection and made us righteous and holy.
See, what this man’s problem was is that he valued his money more than God. That made it hard for him to think about giving it all up to follow Jesus. Often we get stuck in that same trap. We value things above God, even when we don’t have much. Would you be able to give it all up if God asked you too?
When you put God first in your life He makes the impossible happen for you. It starts with salvation and continues in every area of your life. With God first in your life you will have no limitations. Nothing will be impossible for you.

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