July 16th, 2012
Written by Anita Carman
Dear Faithful One,
Have you ever drawn a line in the sand in a relationship and given someone an ultimatum?
Matthew chapter 19, verses 16-22 tells us the story of a rich man who asked Jesus how to have an eternal relationship with God. In response, Jesus challenged the rich man with this statement, “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.” Verse 22 tells us that “When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.” NIV.
Let’s learn from Jesus in our relationships. Before you give someone an ultimatum, make sure an ultimatum is necessary. In this situation, Jesus wanted the young man to see that even though he had succeeded in doing many wonderful things, he had fallen short of perfection. He then challenged the man to sell everything knowing that he would not be able to do so. Jesus’ motive was not to get the rich man to give everything away but for the rich man to realize he could not be perfect in his own strength. The man went away sad because he was still relying on his own performance instead of trusting in a Savior. Jesus was clear on what was necessary to have a lasting relationship with Him. In your situation, if you have drawn a line in the sand is your ultimatum a personal preference or is it a necessity? Always be clear on what is a deal breaker!
I pray this devotion encouraged you in a special way. When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.