Matthew 19:16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
I wonder what was behind this man’s question? Was he trying to justify himself? Was he trying to figure out the minimum he had to do to get to heaven? Did he see Jesus and know immediately that he was sinful and in need of a savior?
I think that he must have known deep down inside that he wasn’t right with God. If he got past his pride and was honest with himself, he had followed the Law but still felt empty inside. From the outside, you’d think he was heaven bound. But on the inside there was this nagging doubt, Have I done enough?
Jesus hits him right between the eyes with His response. “You want to get to heaven? Then do the one thing you are unwilling to do. Let go of the one thing you are not willing to let go of. Trust me in that area that you are unwilling to trust me in.” This man walked away sad because he wasn’t willing to do what Jesus asked of him.
In contrast, Abraham was willing. When God asked Abraham to go, he went. When God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, he obeyed. By faith, Abraham was willing to do what God asked of him. “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:3. Abraham believed God and that’s why he was willing.
Are you willing? Are you willing to do what you don’t want to do? Are you willing to let go of what you don’t want to let go of? Are you willing to trust God in everything? Do you believe God?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5.