August 24

All or Nothing

by Amy Sietsma

Many years ago, I saw an interview with a popular football player. This man was at the top of his career and, one would think, had it all. Towards the end of the interview, this rich, popular athlete looked at the interviewer with tears in his eyes and said he felt hollow—that all the money and fame left him sad, lonely, and he couldn’t believe that this was all there was to life.

While I no longer remember that man’s name, his question stuck with me. I see him in today’s passage. A young man, who seems to have the world at his feet, asks Jesus the same question… what can he do to follow Jesus? What can he do to give his life purpose and meaning? Jesus doesn’t give him an easy answer. In verse 21, Jesus instructs the man to “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor.” The man is devastated by this answer and leaves. Jesus then tells the disciples in verse 23, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!”

It seems little has changed in more than 2,000 years! Jesus isn’t asking the man merely for his money. No, he is asking for the man’s everything—his security, his identity, his whole self. The disciples begin to despair, but Jesus gives them comfort in verse 27, saying that while it is not possible for people to get into the kingdom on their own, “Everything is possible with God.”

What is God calling you to that feels impossible? What things are standing in the way of you chasing God’s purpose? Does the life of a follower in today’s world seem impossible? Remember, no matter what it is, nothing is impossible for Go


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