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This is what Jesus was saying to his disciples when they had witnessed an encounter Jesus had with a very rich man.  Jesus was telling his his disciples how hard it is for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.  The rich man came to Jesus and wanted to know what it took to get into the Kingdom of God.  The man had obeyed The Law, he was a good person….but Jesus said to sell all he had and give it to the poor.  The record says that Jesus loved him..but….what Jesus said had an impact on this rich person.

This made the man very sad….because he was very very, very very rich.  This  man was very rich in material things…..he had money, power, status, position….maybe a 7 million dollar condo in NY…..an SUV…or a Hummer……Rolex…..IPhone, flat screen,…60+ billion bank account…….people looked  up to him…  at least they used to…. On the outside he had everything he needed….He had built an empire around himself.  What he lacked was a true  heart for God. 

A few years ago,…my wife and I made a concerted effort to shed some stuff and try to get closer to God individually, as a couple, as a family.  Some of our decisions….well,…made us sad….we gave up some very lucrative stuff we had become attached to….. a neighborhood, an “address”…  some status  I know how this rich young man felt….to some degree…and we did not do it to be less of a person….but because God spoke to us about it.

There is still some stuff that stands between us and God….we are still working on it.   It is a process…how about with you?

louie

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