A Heart Exam

Matthew 19:25 (NIV®)  

When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” 

One of the saddest accounts in the New Testament is of the man known as the Rich Young Ruler.

He had a one-on-one conversation with Jesus that ended in disappointment when he could not bring himself to let go of his possessions and follow the Messiah. I can see the disciples’ faces; they had been so excited that he was going to join the group. He had connections and resources, and they thought about the tremendous asset he would be to the team. I can imagine the discouragement that swept over them when he walked away. Stunned, they must have said to each other, “If he can’t make it, nobody can.” The disciples were learning the same lesson the Lord had shown Samuel during his search for a king of His choosing: “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7 NIV®).


Most of us fight the temptation to judge others by their outward appearance. Consider your own tendency to do this, then ask the Lord for the ability to see people with His eyes.


Heavenly Father, thank You for Your great provision for my life. You have given generously that I might live abundantly. Forgive me for selfish ambition and greed. Today I offer myself as a living sacrifice. May the invitations of God be more real to me than the invitations of this world. I choose to live for the glory of the King. Help me to see people through Your eyes, full of compassion and abounding in love. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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