Matthew 19:16-22 – “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 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. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”
Every person has something holding them back from serving God the way He wants us to. It might be pride or finances or fear or lack of motivation, but something is holding us back.
For the fella in this passage, it was money. The guy kept all the commandments. He knew what God has said in the Old Testament and he executed the commands faithfully. But Jesus looked into his heart and saw what was holding him back – his love of his possessions. He liked his life. He enjoyed being comfortable. He was hungry; he got some food. His sandals were beginning to show wear; he bought more. His bed was comfortable; life was good. Jesus knew he was a “good guy” by the world’s standards. Jesus also knew that in order for him to serve Him, he needed to give up the comfort and convenience his life afforded him.
This hits a raw spot with me. I’m comfortable. I like my life. But what is holding me back? What is keeping me from going next door and inviting my neighbors to church with me on Sunday? What’s keeping me from telling the person behind me at the store about what Jesus has done in my life? For me, I think it is fear of rejection. I want people to like me. I get torn up when I think someone is mad at me. And with that fear, it keeps me from reaching out like I should. I gotta work on that – through prayer.
What’s holding you back?
It’s a question we all need to ask ourself. It is an area that needs to be sought out and addressed.
We have revival at our church coming up soon. Our pastor has been challenging is for weeks to get revival going before it even starts. Well, here’s my contribution to the flame – What’s holding you back?
My challenge to you this weekend is to think about this. Think about what is holding you back. Start praying about it. Let God show you what the problem is and let Him fix it.
We all need revival. Our country needs revival. Our family needs revival. Our communities need revival. Revival is a return to life. Revival is a renewed or more active attention to Him. Revival – What’s holding you back?