By Raja Dhas
WHEN God created man he said “it is very good.” Man lacked nothing in the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned against God they were sent out from the Garden. From thereon, humans began to lack many things.
The Bible says, ‘All the fullness of God dwells bodily in Jesus.’ He has all the blessings that we need. He can understand what we lack; He can provide what we need. We can be complete in Him (Col.2:9, 10).
In Mark 10:21 we read this passage, “Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘ONE THING YOU LACK: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me’.”
Jesus looked at the young rich ruler, loved him and spoke to him about his need. The young man had everything the world could offer – wealth, health, position – yet there was a vacuum in his heart. He had riches in his heart, where he should have enthroned God.
Jesus told him the truth, “Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”
The Bible says, he went away sorrowful!
What should you do to inherit eternal life?
Come to Jesus, take him into your heart, HE IS the eternal life.
He will tell what you lack. Obey what He tells you to do.
We may lack one or more things, only Jesus can tell us about what we lack.
Obey, follow him into eternal life. If He asks you to leave anything by the wayside before you follow Him, be sure to do it.
What have you left for Jesus?
Many aspire to do ministry for Jesus, but are they willing to leave all and follow Him? Many try to do ministry just for money and prosperity! What shall it profit us if we gain the whole world and lose our own soul? Empty we came into this world, empty we will leave this world! Why not we find out what we lack, obey and follow him according to his guidelines? Those who live for this world will have to leave Jesus and go away sorrowful
My testimony: When I was 22 years old I got saved. Jesus taught me to pray and meditate on God’s word around three hours every day. I had a lucrative job opportunity and also an open door to do my Ph. D in Zoology. But when I was 25, the Lord called me for His ministry. I left all and followed HIM. My daddy said, “I will not give you any property; because you are going for ministry.” Within 10 minutes after my daddy spoke, the Lord Jesus spoke to me and said, “I am your inheritance.”
Jesus did not promise me property and riches, He gave Himself to me. He has been with me all these 42 years. And I know that he will be with me till the end and all through eternity. I count it a privilege to serve Him. Serving Jesus, winning souls and discipling souls for him is reward enough for me.
These days when I see many who are involved in ministry do so for money, my heart aches. Dear friend, what have you left for Jesus? What do you lack? Are you following Jesus? Run to Jesus, kneel down before Him and ask Him. He will look at you, love you and tell you, “One thing you lack…” Obey Him, you will be a blessing. May the Lord bless you, fill you and use you!
The writer is the Academic Dean of Hindustan Bible Institute and College, Chennai.