The Kingdom is like

  • Matt 13:44 – A Treasure, 45: -A Pearl  These treasures were worth more than anything they had ever owned
  • Mark 10: 17- The rich young ruler asked what should I do?  Jesus said you lack one thing.  Jesus wanted him to be completely mature. 

What does it mean to sell evrything? 1 Tim. 6:17-19

  • Maturity means to balance our material goods. 
  • Don’t put your hope in material things. 
  • Lay up a treasure in heaven  Put things out of your heart that cause you to not love God.

The rich young man.

  • Matt. 10:23-25 -Look to God for help. Put your trust in God.
  • Jesus wants us to be serious about our dsciplship. 
  • Eph. 2:8-10 -We are saved by grace and we are created to do good works.
  • Selling his goods wouldn’t save him, but he would be saved by grace to dogood works thru God.
  • Christians can only do what they are made for thru God.
  • We must be radically changed by God.  Jesus is encouraging a change down to the very heart of this rich young ruler.

Examples from Isreal

  • Sacrifice the best
  • Stop and honor God once a week
  • Sending a young boy to battle a giant is impractical, but this shows God is in conntrol
  • Judges 7:2 – God required the people to trust in him

Just like Isreal we are called to live a different life than those around us.  Don’t count on our wealth to save us. 

  • Heb. 11 – This is the story of many heros of faith.  God rewards those who seek him.  Moses was willing to trade his earthly treasures to be a child of God. 
  • God calls us to him and wants to help us Matt. 11:28-30
  • Psalm 119:32 -God has set our hearts free.  Our burdens are lifted.
  • God wants us to freely serve him.
  • John 14: -God has given us the Holy Spirit of truth to counsel us.
  • John 16:5-16 – When Jesus left the counselor came to comfort us.
  • 2 Cor. 5:16 -We are a new ceation. 

Trust God to make us a new creation of us.  God gives grace to the humble.  He is the God of second chances.  The scriptures are full of people who changed.

  • Mark 10:28-31 – Peter says we left everything to follow Jesus.  Jesus promises that people who follow him will receive much greater blessings than they can imagine. 

Was it worth it for Peter?

  • Acts 3:1-13 – Peter healed the crippled beggar.  He didn’t have money, but he shared the treasure of Jesus’ healing
  • 1 Peter 1:7 – Faith is greater worth than gold
  • 1 Peter 1:18 -The blood of Christ is far more valuable than gold.  The word is more valuable.

—Robert Lee, 3-29-09, a.m.

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