Impact: Decision (Day 4)

To be alive at the time of Jesus and meet him face to face, can you imagine how great that would have been? Don’t get me wrong, I know that having the Holy Spirit is better, because Jesus told us so. Yet to be able to walk and talk with him in the flesh, that would’ve been something special to experience (to say the least). 

One of the reasons I think we like the idea of being in the physical presence of Jesus so much is simply this: answers. If you asked him a question in person, you’d expect that he would quickly respond. How many of us would love to be able to talk with him just so we could get instant answers? 

There was a man in Mark 10 that we refer to as the “rich young ruler” because we really don’t know a lot about him. He asked Jesus a question, a great question, actually the best question he could ask: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” If you’ve got only one question you can ask Jesus, I think this would be the one. But here’s the dilemma, when Jesus is asked a questions, often times he presents the asker with a decision to make. He told the man to sell everything he had, give it to the poor, and then to follow him. Unfortunately scripture tells us that the man went away sad. This was a decision he made and unfortunately his wealth won. That’s Jesus though. We know that the decision to follow him will cost us everything ultimately. Jesus said in Matthew 16:24-25 Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

The decision costs us everything, but the decision is also worth it.

What decision might Jesus be challenging you to make?
-Adam Green