“The young man said to them, “All these things I have kept from my youth (the 10 Commandments), what do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell what you have and give it to the poor and you will have treasure in Heaven, and come follow Me”. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful – for he had great possessions.”
Jesus calls us to live wholly for Him. Exodus shows us that in times of trial or pain, our desperation can temporarily drive us toward the Lord (just as Pharaoh’s desperation caused his heart to yield for a short-lived moment). Sadly, after the pain passes, we often return to our “old ways” with us in charge and the Lord “somewhere in the mix”.
God wants our hearts in the good times and the bad – the times of desperation and the times of plenty.
Matthew shows us that God isn’t interested in leading us in “bits and pieces” of our lives – He wants us to give every part to Him. God doesn’t like compartmentalized living where we say, “Ok Lord, You can have this area, but I’ll stay in charge over here.”
For us to truly thrive, our lives must be fully His – every part, good times and bad – a lifestyle of whole-hearted devotion to Him. It’s then that we can truly become the people He created us to be!