Unlimited: Let Go To Enter the Kingdom of God
Jan 22, 2017 1322
“I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon His glorious throne… everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for My sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:28–29, NLT)
I was sailing on a catamaran with a friend on a lake. What I didn’t know was that the mast hadn’t been secured properly to the hull. In a gust of wind, the catamaran tipped over, and the mast came off!
Now the bottom of the expensive mast was sitting on the bottom of the lake, and I was desperately holding the top with both hands. Every time a wave came, my head went under and I would start to swallow some water. Eventually, I saw sense and I had to let go of the mast so that I wouldn’t drown.
So I let go. I lost the mast and saved my life.
We Enter the Kingdom of God with Empty Hands
None of us will ever enter the Kingdom of God with anything in our hands. When the Bible shows us a picture of the people who have been saved in heaven, they’re not holding anything in their hands except what Jesus has given them as a free gift.
That’s the scandal of grace. It really is shocking. Too many of us spend our lives trying to hold on to the things that bring us death.
It’s not by what we offer that we enter the Kingdom of God and Heaven, but by what we accept. We have to be prepared to let go in order to receive. – Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: For you, what is the hardest thing of all to let go – something that might stand between you and a closer walk with Jesus? It might be something material, or it might be something within your own heart. If you did let go of that one thing, how would your life be different? Pray over it – literally. Write it down on a piece of paper and ask God to help you let go. Then screw up the paper and throw it away.