|Are You Going to Heaven When You Die?|
Are You "Truly" A Christian?
Am I a Christian?
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
-Notice he says to give up everything for him and then to follow him? The ordering of the sentence indicates that in order to follow Christ in the way he wants, a person must **first** give up everything simply to be able to follow him at all. This is a little scary since the vast majority of people think they are Christians and yet have not even met one of the first requirements of following Christ written above, Everyone is called to give up all their earthly treasures and to lay down their lives, however not everyone are expected to actually do it. So while the Lord wants us all to be ready to do this in our hearts, not all of us are told to. A good rule of thumb is that if you read what I'm trying to help explain but hope God doesn't call you to surrender everything then your heart might not be in the right place. It's better to give up all for Christ because you want to, rather than by command. Just remember that Lazarus and Matthew had nice houses and all of their things still even after surrendering it all to Christ, but were never told to sell it all to the poor as the rich man was told (this is because the rich man idolized his possessions).
So, the questions you need to ask yourself are:
|Take His hand!!|