“Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.” – Matthew 19:21-22

This morning’s reading is confirmation. Three times now I’ve heard or been led to the story of the rich young ruler. This time though, this story means something different. The rich young ruler valued the comfort of keeping things in his life the way they were more than responding to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him. I resonate with this story well.

I’m scared.

I don’t like to admit it, but I am. I’m scared of the unknown. I’m comfortable with the way my life is going at the moment without wanting to take any more risks.  I want things to stay exactly as they are because I don’t feel ready. I don’t want to screw up and importantly, I can’t handle any more disappointment.

Man, the enemy really has a grip on me.

This is my reality right now. I wake up every morning with a feeling inside me God is up to something huge and there’s a part of me who wants to get excited, scream from the rooftops of the way He’s working in my life, and yet, I sit here this morning afraid.

I have found myself attached to the wrong things, wrong motives, and wrong assumptions about things in my life, whether past or present. These things have held me back and still do from embracing the path God is paving for me now. While sometimes the vision blurry, I’m seeing things clearly now. At least I’m trying to.

Anything God asks of us requires risk. Risk to walk in the unknown, risk of trusting Him when nothing He does make sense, risk of putting everything in our life on the line to accept His invitation/call to follow Him. And if we aren’t willing to risk it all for the cause of Christ, we’ll pay for it. Maybe not now, but eventually.

I don’t want to be like the rich young ruler who couldn’t give up the things he cherished more over following Christ. I want to follow the Lord in everything I do, wherever He leads.  Though I’m scared, I know if I continue to walk in fear, I’ll never live the life I was created for.

God wants us to let go of anything holding us back and risk it all for Him.

Are you ready to risk it all for the Lord?

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