Loosen Your Grip

If you are hanging on to something to keep from falling, grip it tightly. That’s just common sense! There are some things that we hold onto that we might do well to let them go. One example of this is found in Mark 10:22. The rich young man wanted to know how to inherit eternal life. Jesus instructed him to sell everything he owned and give to the poor. “And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.” Jesus was not laying down conditions for salvation. He was dealing with priorities. The man’s wealth meant more to him than following Jesus. Do we have anything (including wealth) that means more to us than Jesus does? It could be friends, family, career, popularity, possessions, being admired and/or envied, educational achievement, position, fun, etc. Most of these things are not wrong when kept in proper balance. Any of them that are as important as, or more important than, Jesus are dead wrong! When we come to receive the free gift of eternal life, by receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior, we must loosen our grip on all that we value, willing to let go of anything or everything that stands in the way of loving and honoring Him supremely. Salvation includes being saved from all that would keep us from loving Him with all our hearts. If we are willing to loosen our grip on, and let go of, anything that He asks of us, we have received, or are ready to receive, the gift of eternal life by faith in His atoning sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary. Selah! We are bound tightly by things that we are unwilling to loosen our grip on, when they stand between us and knowing Jesus as our Savior.  Ron

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