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“I Don’t Need Any of this Stuff”

Tuesday Re-mix –

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.  Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”  The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”  Mark 10:21-27

The story of the rich young ruler always convicts me.  I suppose it should convict all of us in the American church, because we are so unbelievably wealthy, whether we know it or not.  We all take our turns as the rich young ruler from time to time.

So, as I read this message with new found conviction, and as I start the process of genuine transformation this time around, what happens next in my mind is almost comical.  It reminds me a little of this scene from the old Steve Martin movie, The Jerk:

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That is exactly the conversation that goes through my head when I start “giving up” stuff for the Lord.  When I look around and see how FILTHY RICH I am (by the world’s standards) and start asking myself what I would be willing …