A Tight Grip

RulerMatthew 19:20-22,  The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21  Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22  But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

God’s word is amazing! It never gets old–or at least it shouldn’t. And this is especially true when reading the Gospels and looking at, and learning from, the life and teachings of our Lord Jesus. How many times have I read the story of the Rich Young Ruler over the past 5-6 years alone? Mega-many, that’s for sure!

Yet, I can’t ever simply just read over it without asking myself, “In what way am I like the Rich Young Ruler?” Regrettably, in far more ways than I would like to or would ever publicly admit. Reading it this morning, I ask myself ….

WHO or WHAT am I “holding on to” that is keeping me from “going all the way” with Jesus? WHO or WHAT am I “holding on to” that is keeping me from following Jesus wherever He might lead and do whatever Jesus might ask me to do.

For the rich young ruler, it was financial security (MATT 19:16-24). For some it is family. For others, it is friends. For some, it is future ambitions. For others, it’s familiarity. For some, it is fellow-laborers.

And, for many, it is simply the fear of the unknown!

Everyone tends to have a tight grip on someone or something. That’s a simple fact.  May God help us to have a tight grip on Christ, and Christ alone!

Just reflecting!!!

2 thoughts on “A Tight Grip

  1. johnny_espo:
    Your messages out of Luke 6 are very convicting. You keep up on current events even though living outside the US. I like current events as well. I do not enjoy the negative pounding that our President always gets from the left. He (our President) is very unpredictable about what comes out of his mouth at times, but I believe that even though there are those that believe America has gone for the worst (in some ways she has) but overall there are good churches in America proclaiming the Whole Word of God, and I sincerely believe that God still has His hands on America. God know in 2016 what the other person running for President would do to this great land of ours and so the words of Proverbs 21:1 are so true. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” God will look after America as long as the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached. I also believe there would be a lot more restrictions imposed on Bible believing churches today if God had allowed that other person to becomes President. The thing is He knows, and “…as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”
    American churches have a lot of work to do to get the gospel to the “unreached people groups” and others.
    “If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian.” Mahatma Gandhi
    Very convicting words indeed. God help the churches in America to live up to what we teach and preach.


    • Yes sir, but it would always be good to remember that the greatest time period in the history of the New Testament church was under the tyrannical and wicked Roman Empire. The church had very little, and they surely had no “rights,” but they had God and their light shined brightly in the midst of the darkness. Our testimony as the Body of Christ is always far more important than political gains [Matthew 5:14-16; Philippians 2:15]!


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