Read: Matthew 19: 16 – 30
This month we’ve been thinking and talking about stepping out into the unknown—leaving our comfort zones, taking chances, breaking out of the ordinary. The unknown looks a little different in all our lives, but God calls us all to leave the comfortable behind—in one way or another.
During his time on earth Jesus spent a lot of time talking and teaching. In Matthew 19 we read of Jesus’s conversation with a rich man. Earnestly seeking an answer, he asks Jesus how he can earn eternal life. First Jesus tells him that he must follow the commandments. The rich man is convinced he has done this, and asks what else he can do. To this Jesus replies, “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.” (v. 21)
This is not an easy answer to digest and the rich man walks away with a heavy heart. Jesus turns to his disciples and warns them how difficult it is for a rich man to enter heaven. I don’t think He only meant literal riches.
Sometimes I struggle with holding on too tightly to my comforts. Things in my life that are easy, things that keep me insulated, routines, people, situations that keep me from facing the things that are hard.
But God never promised us a comfortable life. When He tells the disciples that the rich man will have to sell all he owns, they want to know how it’s possible. I face that question all the time: if I let go of what I have, if I leave my comfort zone, how will I survive? How is that even possible?
That’s when I need to recall the answer Jesus gives to his disciples—and to us. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (v. 26) The only way we can leave our comforts behind, the only chance we have at stepping into the unknown is to look to Him.
What comforts do you have a hard time leaving behind? How has God shown you His faithfulness? What do you cling to when everything around you feels uncertain?