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"Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" Matthew 19:16
In the book of Matthew, Jesus encounters a young man who who asks the question, "what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" In His great compassion, Jesus takes the time to stop and answer, that through this lesson, you and I can know our own heart.
Our story is found in Matthew 19:16-23. Can't you see Jesus as He patiently reads off a list of commandments, knowing full well the truth of the young man's heart. Eager to show his own righteousness, the young man boasts, "All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?" Jesus answers, "If thou wilt be perfect..." The priority for heaven is now set, and the young man walks away in sorrow.
Well, we all know the rich young rulers story. What about our own heart priorities. Jesus stands at the door of each heart and answers, "If thou wilt be perfect..." What thing are we holding on to that hinders our entrance to heaven? Though we may have obey the commandments fom our youth, is there one thing that is out of place, a wrong priority, a hidden sin?
The great love of Jesus is to prepare us for eternity through His Spirit. Are we willing to hear and obey when we ask Him, "what lack I yet?", or will we too walk away in sorrow because the demand of heaven is to great a personal sacrifice?
— Yours in Christ, Wanette Munter
Priorities – All Depends On Your Perspective
A professor stood before her Philosophy 101 class and had some items in front of her. When the class began, wordlessly, she picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
She then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. She shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. She then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. She then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous - yes.
The professor then produced two cans of liquid chocolate from under the table and proceeded to pour the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the
important things - - your family, your spouse, your health, your children, your friends, your favorite passions - - things that if everything
else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
"The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car." "The sand is everything else - - the small stuff."
"If you put the sand into the jar first," she continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. "Take care of the golf balls first the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."
One student raised her hand and inquired what the chocolate represented.
The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for chocolate!" Story Source Unknown
READING THE BIBLE
J. C. Ryle
1. READ THE BIBLE WITH AN EARNEST DESIRE TO UNDERSTAND IT.
Do not be content to just read the words of Scripture. Seek to grasp the message they contain.
2. READ THE SCRIPTURES WITH A SIMPLE, CHILDLIKE FAITH AND HUMILITY.
Believe what God reveals. Reason must bow to God's revelation.
3. READ THE WORD WITH A SPIRIT OF OBEDIENCE AND SELF-APPLICATION.
Apply what God says to yourself and obey His will in all things.
4. READ THE HOLY SCRIPTURES EVERY DAY.
We quickly lose the nourishment and strength of yesterday's bread. We must feed our souls daily upon the manna God has given us.
5. READ THE WHOLE BIBLE AND READ IT IN AN ORDERLY WAY.
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable." I know of no better way to read the Bible than to start at the beginning and read straight through to the end, a portion every day, comparing Scripture with Scripture.
6. READ THE WORD OF GOD FAIRLY AND HONESTLY.
As a general rule, any passage of Scripture means what it appears to mean. interpret every passage in this simple manner, in its context.
7. READ THE BIBLE WITH CHRIST CONSTANTLY IN VIEW.
The whole Book is about Him. Look for Him on every page. He is there. If you fail to see Him there, you need to read that page again.