22901 Finding God in the mysteries of every day
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Proverbs 21:21 One who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness, and honor. (NASB)
Luke 18: 19 But Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me .good? No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments, ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not give false testimony, Honor your father and mother.’” 21 And he said, “All these things I have kept since my youth.” 22 Now when Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Some folk may not be familiar with the beautiful creature in the photo above. It is a porcupine. A creature of the Northern forests. This is something that is generally wise to stay some distance away from. The potential of being stuck with the barbs released when the animal feels endangered is a fearsome thing indeed. I remember as a young man removing the barbs of a porcupine from the snout of a hunting dog that got a little too curious.
The point I am making here is that with the advent of our Lord and Savior the whole game of salvation was clarified. Being good was not enough. Jesus loved the rich young man and I’m sure that he understood the sticking point of personal sacrifice that he faced in his quest for eternal life. How about you? Have you come to the same place? In some ways we would like to all be Old Testament Christians but remember, everything that went before was a foreshadowing of what was to come.