By Jeremiah Tatum
If you were going to do the best thing you could possibly do for yourself, what would that be? If there is one thing in life that you could have over anything else, what would it be? These two questions are not exactly the same, but they are very closely related.
Sometimes the thing we want the most may not be the best thing we can do for ourselves. Once a man approached Jesus as he was walking along the road. The young man ran to him and knelt at his feet and asked, "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" (Mark 10:17). Jesus responded to him appropriately by telling him to keep the Law of Moses. This was the law that was still in effect during the life of our Savior. The young man stated that he had kept the Law of Moses from his youth. At this point, Jesus challenged him concerning genuine faith: "One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me." (Mark 10:21). The young man did not obey this command of the Son of God. He went away in sorrow. But why?
The reason is simple and applicable to each one of us. Until we come to a willingness to give up what matters in life to us most, we cannot be disciples of Jesus. Jesus himself proclaimed, "So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple." (Luke 14:33).
It seems fair, that the one who gave up heaven and separated himself from God on the cross with our sins would also require a similar sacrifice. We are only Christians when we follow in the footsteps of Christ. A servant is not greater than his master.
If you want to do yourself the greatest favor you could ever do, then forsake everything you have and follow Jesus.
The second favor is like unto the first. Build relationships with people who care primarily about your soul.
"For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." ~ Matthew 16:25
- Jeremiah Tatum; via The Central Message, the weekly bulletin of the Central church of Christ in Paducah KY. Jim Faughn serves as an elder and preacher for the congregation. He may be contacted through the congregation's website at: http://www.centralchurchofchrist.org