Go…and Follow Me (Matthew 19:16 – 26)

Matthew 19:16–21 (NKJV)

Recognizing Jesus as Good

16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”

Seeking Eternal Life

17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

Doing the Basics

18 He said to Him, “Which ones?”
Jesus said, “ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

Is That All There Is?

20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”

Go…and Follow Me

21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

Matthew 19:22–26 (NKJV)

22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?
26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Takeaway Thoughts

People are not good on their own, but God is good.
Salvation (Heaven) is not dependent on our goodness.
Heaven comes through surrender of status(identity) and security.
We trade temporary for eternal, false for true, unreal good for real good
Following God in faith requires total surrender, but supplies total supply.

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