As a “consumer” I am the analytical, methodical, slow, and tempered kind. For example, when buying a car I prefer a CarMax-type experience to Willy’s Wheel-N-Deal. No offense to Mr. Wheel-N-Deal but I’d rather research 20+ hours online and select my vehicle with no pressure. I don’t want to haggle over the price in an imaginary Western-saloon-style deal-making shootout. (God bless those who were born to haggle. You impress me and I’m jealous of your skills.)
When I am considering a purchase of most magnitudes I want to get a good return on my investment. Call it selfish or good stewardship I want to get the most for my money so I am slow to make a decision. What is true about my money is also true about how I spend my time. When considering what I give my life to, I am a processor. I think, think some more, and then make a decision.
In the verse above Jesus is giving a clear challenge to someone who thought he would wheel and deal a bit with the Messiah. I don’t think he had any idea that his conversation was going to turn into what it did. Jesus told this man the key that will unlock the door to his heart's desire would be to disconnect from his possessions and take hold of Jesus.
Whether you think long and hard about investing yourself in something or not, we all have to come to grips with the challenge of Jesus. That challenge is to give up our lives to follow Him, wherever He leads.
Today, ask Jesus to reveal anything holding you back from truly following Him.