I had to go to the dentist this morning & even though he's my cousin, I still get so nervous being there. Just hearing drills roaring while you're in the waiting room - my stomach was doing flips. So to calm my nerves a bit, I brought my Bible with me & was reading it. I opened up to the story of the rich man who was talking to Jesus & asking what good things he must do to get into Heaven. Jesus tells him to obey the commandments & his response is "which ones?". He felt like he was still lacking something & Jesus answered him,
"If you want to be perfect, go sell your possessions & give to the poor & you will have treasure in Heaven. Then come, follow me" -Matthew 19:21
The word that struck me was PERFECT! If you want to be perfect.....That's a huge word. Well, I looked into it when I got back from the dentist & its actually a Greek word for "a goal, or an end". This man's goal was eternal life but his love for money & his lack of commitment to follow Christ is what was keeping him from being "perfect" or from reaching his goal.
And the cool thing for me is Jesus KNEW what was holding this man back - for someone else to ask that question to Jesus - it would have probably been a different answer on what to do - but I think it would have started the same "if you want to be perfect" & probably finished the same "then come, follow me" - so what's in the middle for you? What's holding you back from being perfect? From getting closer to that goal of laying down everything to follow Christ?
And speaking of perfect - can I just show you a new picture of Isaac that I just got - this just put the best smile on my face.......to Nanny & Pappy - he's perfect!!!