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 – faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. But Jesus was getting to 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 to those who have need.
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, as your Pastor, 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. In this way you will be certain you are following Jesus!
Grace be with you,