New International Version (NIV)
22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Lacking one thing is a challenge. I tend to want all the right answers and know all the details of the path ahead of me. I am not a fan of lacking vital information. I used to have the Facebook app on my iPhone. I checked it daily, hourly…maybe every thirty minutes. If I’m being honest I was addicted to it. I felt like it kept me in “the know” of what everyone was doing. I justified that it helped know more about the lives of those I lead every Sunday morning.
In reality, however, I was addicted. I’d check it just to pass time, and often I would find myself sucked into the black-hole of Youtube videos and movie trailers. This one app, this one small portion of technology that took up less than 1GB of data had consumed me. I knew without a doubt that it was a problem the day I went to delete it. The decision to remove it from my phone, I am ashamed to say, took a good 15 minutes of internal debate. But it had to go, it had gotten in the way of my relationship with Christ and took precious time away from my wife.
This was only technology. What if we are called to give up more than that to follow Christ? What if our comforts and lifestyles are keeping us from living a truly, 100%, and in the words of Bill Hybels, carte blanche yieldedness to the will of God? I want that in my life.
What one thing is holding you back from having a “carte blanche yieldedness”?
What steps can you take to change it?