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Matthew 19:20-22

Lesson # Matt. 19:20-22
Study Material - Matt. 19:20-22

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Matt. 19:20-22

20 The young man [neaniskos] saith [lego] unto him [autos] , All [pas] these things [tauta] have I kept [phulasso] from [ek] my [mou] youth up [neotes] : what [tis] lack [hustereo] I yet [eti] ?
21 Jesus [Iesous] said [phemi] unto him [autos] , If [ei] thou wilt [thelo] be [einai] perfect [teleios] , go [hupago] and sell [poleo] that thou [sou] hast [huparchonta] , and [kai] give [didomi] to the poor [ptochos] , and [kai] thou shalt have [echo] treasure [thesauros] in [en] heaven [ouranos] : and [kai] come [deuro] and follow [akoloutheo] me [moi] .
22 But [de] when the young man [neaniskos] heard [akouo] that saying [logos] , he went away [aperchomai] sorrowful [lupeo] : for [gar] he had [echo] [en] great [polus] possessions [ktema] . KJV-Interlinear

Matt. 19:20-22

20 The young man said to Him, 'All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?' 21 Jesus said to him, 'If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.' 22 But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieved; for he was one who owned much property. NAS

The absolute worst thing that can happen to a person is when they wish things to be a certain way, things that they are accustomed to or perhaps things that they are used to, but deep down inside they know that things are not meant to be the way they wish. Then, instead of turning their life around and heading in the direction they should be heading, they simply become dismayed and walk away from that which is right, and they keep hold of their old ways and head into misery.

Heading in the right way brings great happiness. Heading in the wrong way brings great unhappiness. Often times making the decision to change may imply unhappiness, but only because a person is giving up an old way of life or an old belief (something that they are used to), and venturing into unexplored territory (the new or different approach to life). The thought can be unsettling, even scary, but the transition is well worth the change when that change is in accordance with Bible doctrine.

The rich young ruler listened to his heart, he listened to perhaps others close to him (family, acquaintances, friends, tradition, habit), and did not want to change his life. He was greatly dismayed when he thought that he was going to have to give up his old way of life. He had great wealth. Giving that up would be a tremendous burden. Other things people are faced with is giving up a situation in their life, perhaps a relationship, perhaps a social agenda, perhaps something else, and they fix their eyes on that which they 'think' they must walk away from. They miss the whole point in life.

'Doing' is not a part of the Christian way of life. What you do, what you have, what you wish, are not the issue. What God desires is the issue and God desires the very best for each one of us, but all things good must be accomplished in the right way. Something good accomplished in the wrong way is wrong. Something good must be accomplished in the right way before God will put His blessing on it.

Jesus continues to test the rich young ruler, but the focus of the man is on himself and not on Christ.

'What have I missed?' All people who wish to have their own way in life never see the truth. Or perhaps they see the truth, but they just do not want to accept it. So they come up with the lame excuse implying that they have done everything possible and that there is no other alternative. 'What have I missed,' asks the man? His righteousness is shallow in that he discounts the role of God in eternity. He over states his own self worth in his quest. And that is what a lot of people do in life. God is a convenience. Someone to be used when it is appropriate or when guilt or difficulties pop up their ugly heads. But otherwise life is business as usual.

And when we come across something that we disagree with, when we meet face to face with a contradiction between Gods policy and our beliefs, when we meet a challenge to our chosen life style, then we rationalize that it is our belief which is right and not Gods. We choose to ignore God. We choose (with eyes wide open) against God.

Jesus asks the man if he would be willing to walk away from all he had in order to be complete. That grieved the man because he had a lot and he was used to having a lot. He did not want to change. But he missed the whole point. Life is not what man does, but what God does. Man cannot keep the commandments. They were given in order to convict man, to show man what his weakness was. Wealth, likewise will not solve mans spiritual problem, nor will poverty solve it.

The question here is, 'Will you obey God?' Jesus gave him an instruction. 'Will you give up all' and 'Follow Me.' The latter part was the key to salvation and eternal life, and even spiritual growth. 'Will you give up the old ways and follow Me in the way of Gods policy?'

So we can look back into the mirror again and ask ourselves are we in sync with God, or do we play games and try to incorporate a little of our own standards of habit in with Gods. Neither the two can mix.

We are forced to choose in life. We have already studied that Jesus stated that we 'must' choose. There is no in between, no mixing of the two standards of life - ours and Gods.

When we venture out of infancy and into the teenage stage of life, in the spiritual sense, then we will encounter this challenge, and a choice is made. Once we make the right choices, then we head into our adult spiritual life. But, if we choose to retain our comfortable habits, then we choose wrong and in an immature state we will remain. What have your choices in life been thus far?

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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.

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