“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.”
Jesus offers the rich man in Matthew 19 an exchange. An exchange of treasures, one far more valuable than the other. However, the rich man loves his own treasure too much, so he walks away, sad.
As I reflect on my own life, what are the treasures I hold on to so dearly, believing that in them I’ll have some lasting joy and comfort? In different seasons of life’s journey for me, it’s been; money, a man, fitness, pride, and the approval of man.
Jesus offers for me an exchange of treasures. One offers lasting freedom and joy, while the others put us in places of bondage, fear and insecurity. I have learned the joy of dying to those idols, placing them in the hands of Jesus, for an exchange of great joy, peace and true freedom. However, I must always be on guard, because those idols love to creep their way back into my life, stealing my joy.
Jesus calls us to let go of our idols in order to follow Him. What idol is weighing you down that keeps you from running towards Jesus Christ?
The first step is to embrace Jesus for all that He is and find life and freedom from sin in His name. The second is to do some deep self-examination. Christians sometimes falsely believe now that they’re a Christian they won’t struggle with idols, or if they are, they won’t tell anyone, because their’s too much shame in that and other Christians will be disappointed in them. They hide behind fear, yet, in church and bible studies shout of victory in the name of Jesus, sing praise songs with vigor and intensity, yet all the while, they neglect, deep, self-examination. They neglect accountability. They refuse to be honest with others about the brokenness of their own lives, for fear of being shamed by others.
I’m at the point in my life where I’m okay with admitting I have flaws, fears and deep insecurities, because I believe that I’m my confession of those things, God will meet me with healing and greater treasures.