Jesus was not issuing a universal command when He told this man to sell everything he had and give it to the poor. However, He was establishing an unalterable principle. His statement exposed the man’s weakness. His wealth was more important to him than God. Sometimes in our lives we place thing at a greater importance than we do others. If we are not careful, these things or people could become more important to us than following God. See even though he claimed to have kept other commandments, he violated the first and greatest commandment (Ex. 20:3; Mt. 22:36-40). Willingly following God means willingly accepting His directions and instructions for your life. What is preventing or hindering you from being fully committed to Christ?

PRAYER – Jesus, in this situation I have nothing to offer of my own ingenuity or strength; I need your wisdom and power as badly as I need the air that I breathe.  As I move forward may I do so in desperate dependence on You every second.  I joyfully and unreservedly confess that I am inadequate to answer Your call, in fact, I can do absolutely nothing without You.  I’m not able to handle this situation on my own and any good that results must come solely through You.  I simply ask You right now to flow through me, Lord Jesus, and cause me to stay out of Your way. In Your name, Amen