“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ as you read this article. May He give us understanding.”
- Luke 18:18-25 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" (19) So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. (20) You know the commandments: 'DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY,' 'DO NOT MURDER,' 'DO NOT STEAL,' 'DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS,' 'HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER.' " (21) And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth." (22) So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." (23) But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. (24) And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! (25) For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
The person in this story is very typical of someone who is living the “American Dream.” He is influential and he is rich. He has it all. Notice, however, there is a longing in his heart for eternal things. So he asks Jesus about eternal life. Jesus answers the young man from his knowledge of the commandments and lists several for him. The young man replies that he has kept these from his youth. Here is what we know about this guy. He doesn’t run around on his wife. He will not stab you in the back. He will not steal from you. He will not lie about you. And he honors his father and mother. So we know this is a nice guy. However, being a nice guy is not enough.
It is at this point that Jesus invites him into a whole new way of life. Jesus is not inviting him to take a vow of poverty. He is inviting him to use his business to help people. Buy and sell and make money to help people. AND COME FOLLOW ME. Jesus is inviting this young man to make Christ Lord of his life and enter the Kingdom of God. This is the invitation God gives to all people. The man turns down the invitation and continues in his old life because he is not willing to follow Jesus and he wants to keep his fortune for himself. Jesus then replies how hard it is for those who have riches to enter the Kingdom of God. It is the poor in spirit (those who know they need God) who enter the Kingdom of God (Matthew 5:3).
So what do you want? Do you want the security this world has to offer such as a huge retirement account, $5,000 a week salary, a 4,000 square foot home, nice expensive automobiles, lots of toys and more?
Do you want what God has to offer? Do you want to know God’s will for your life? Do you want to live a life filled with the adventure of following God wherever He leads? Do you want to live a life of significance? Then come follow Jesus into the best life possible. Does this mean you cannot be wealthy and serve God? No! But it does mean that riches will not be your focus, God and His way of life will be. God invites us to live an exciting life on the cutting edge of what God is doing on earth. The following parables declare the high value of the Kingdom of God.
- Matthew 13:44 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
- Matthew 13:45-46 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, (46) who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
The rich young ruler chose this world’s security over God’s invitation to come live in the Kingdom of God.
In the Bible God’s invitation to come follow Christ is known as the “call” of God. Many think of God’s calling only in terms of a special “call” to ministry such as a call to preach or to missions or to special service. Yes, there are special “calls”; however, scripture also says we are called to be saints, called to be His people, called to be sons and daughters, called into fellowship with Him, called to peace, called to liberty and more.
Think “invite” and “invitation” as you read these verses:
- Philippians 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
- 2 Timothy 1:9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,
- Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
- NOTE: We become the chosen when we say yes to the invitation to make Christ Lord.
The purpose of our existence is to know and enjoy God and to partner with Him for His glory. We are invited to come to Christ and enter the Kingdom of God. Our positive response to the call of God enables us to make a difference on earth; it enables us to be world changers and to live a life of significance. With Christ as Lord of our life we become a light in a dark world and the salt (seasoning and preservative) of the earth (Matthew 5:13-16). Our arch enemy (the devil) knows our call to partner with God means big problems for him and his kingdom of darkness. The enemy will resist us and declare war against us. Our allegiance to Christ and the Kingdom of God means the enemy’s demise and he knows it. Prepare for war. But know this: We win! God is for us!
Come, follow Christ. Invite Jesus to be Lord of your life. Enter the most exciting life there is. Accept God’s invitation to live a life of faith and trust in God.
- Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
- John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Come, be a Disciple of Christ!
For Coaches of the Significant Life: One of our objectives as a significant life coach is to help our coachees to understand what God is inviting us into. He is inviting us to experience the fullness of God. He is inviting us to live a life filled with adventure. He is inviting us to be free, to be alive, to be courageous and yes, to be dangerous (to the enemy). The enemy wants to cage us in the false security of what this world has to offer. May God help you to lead your coachees to leave the cage and become alive in Christ and His Kingdom.
- Colossians 1:13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.