She told me things like, “Never shop for shoes in the morning”; “Clean a stove top while it’s still warm”; “We make our own heaven and hell here on Earth.” She had an anecdotal belief in reincarnation. Her theology was hodgepodge and self-designed. Following Jesus was not part of that mix.
Not everyone who hears the Word wants to follow because of the cost involved. Salvation: free. Transformation: costly.
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.” Luke 18:22 (NIV)
The rich man in Luke. This man loved God; he was obedient to the letter–the ministry that brought condemnation–but could he follow the Word?
If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! 2 Corinthians 3:9-11 (NIV)
I think of torn veils and His glory, of Jesus’ words, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27 (NIV)
Thankful today for salvation, forgiveness, His Spirit in me. Thankful for torn veils and nearness to God. Thankful for His Word that leads, and calls me to follow. Thankful that He makes the impossible possible.