Today's devotion is based on Matthew 19:16-22, "And behold, a man came up to him, saying, "Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?" And he said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments." He said to him, "Which ones?" And Jesus said, "You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself." The young man said to him, "All these I have kept. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." When the young man heard this, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions."
Theirs is one thing about being a disciple of Jesus that is hard for us to get hold of; letting go. We can be faithful, attend worship regularly, pray earnestly and be generous toward others, but the tough thing is to let go.
To let go means that we are willing to trust God to be true to his word to the point that we can enjoy what we have, but it isn't everything. If we were to lose it, it wouldn't be the end of the world for us. God is good. God promises to be there for us; whatever happens, God will provide.
Please pray with me, Heavenly Father; you know how easy it is for me to trust in earthly things more than your promise to provide what I need in this life and the next. Please, Lord, call me back to repentance and faith in your dear Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.