Matthew 19:21 – Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Jesus did not mean that this man could have been saved by selling his possessions and giving the proceeds to charity. There is only one way of salvation, and that way is having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. But Jesus was getting to the root issues in this man’s life called selfishness and pride. One sure method for assuring that you are free from these, in your own life, is a willingness to give and to share what you have in abundance, with those who have a need. Charity is the one sure way of keeping yourself from a selfish heart. However, your charity must be guided by the Lord and not your own motives of recognition or praise. God knows everyone’s need and He is able to meet those needs by finding a willing heart to help.
Do you want to be perfect? Silly question I hope. If you desire to be like Jesus, then you desire to be perfect. My challenge for you this week, is to find a way to share the things you have with someone in need. This can include your time, your resources or your abilities. Allow God to show you who specifically is in need of what you have to give. Connect with that friend in your life that you haven’t talk to in awhile, and see if they need to get together for a coffee or walk thro Hi the park. Do you have a closet overflowing with clothes you don’t use any longer? Consider donating them to someone that would find good use for them. Do you have a skill that would be perfect for helping a neighbor with a project they are working on? You see, in these ways you will be certain you are following Jesus, by offering yourself to help another. God bless your week.