The rich young ruler asked Jesus a crucial question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life.” Jesus then asked him to obey certain commands to which the man responded joyfully as he pointed out his past obedience. Then Jesus drops the hammer: sell everything, then you will have treasure in heaven and then follow Him. See, following Jesus requires full surrender. What a radical commitment! Two things immediately come to mind. 1. How Jesus felt genuine love for the man. 2. How Jesus is asking the man to imitate the very act that Jesus made for all of humanity by ultimately surrendering His life on the cross.
Today, I choose to fully surrender to you God. Help me see what aspects of my life I am still wanting to control and give me the strength to release those areas to you. Thank you for your genuine love for me today and thank you for eradicating the chasm between us on the cross. May my life today be a response to your love.