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GIVING IT UP FOR JESUS

Megan Ellenberger & Mikaela Fox

Jesus says to the rich man, “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” (Matthew 19:21, NIV). The man walks away sadly, because he doesn’t want to give up his possessions. Many of us scoff at him and proclaim our willingness to give up everything to follow Jesus. But how many of us actually would?

Are you like the rich young man in Matthew 19:16–30?

Jesus said, “Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life” (verse 29). I pray that I would be willing to sacrifice all earthly treasures in order to know the joy of following Jesus and spending eternity in his presence.

Megan Ellenberger, 19

 

REFLECT ON PHILIPPIANS 1:21: I first studied this verse when my youngest brother was in hospice. It gave me comfort, knowing that when he passed away, he would gain a new life in God’s kingdom, free of pain, suffering, and sin. Later, as I revisited the verse, the description of Paul’s absolute faith in God made me realize how unimportant material things are. Without Christ, nothing matters. Every day, I strive to grow closer to Christ and to be more like him in my actions and words.

Would you be willing to give up everything to follow Christ?

Mikaela Fox, 19

—from devozine (March/April 2016). Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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