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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
A rich young ruler had come to Jesus and asked Him what he had to do to be saved. Jesus answered him and the young man walked away. He was unwilling to give up what he had. Jesus then said. “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
Oftentimes, the very thing we’re asked to do by the Lord that we loathe doing is the very thing that will bring us the greatest joy and fulfillment in time. The rich man respected Jesus, but probably looked on the disciples as a bunch of wannabes. The truth is they did want to be just like Jesus. That’s why they had given up all to follow Him. In time, the disciples became ICONS in the world. The rich young ruler, on the other hand, died nameless with all of his stuff now turned to dust. Jesus is all about “Making Possible From Impossibilities.”
This AM I’m turning all of my impossibilities over to You AGAIN! Sorry, I keep forgetting. Amen
Your interpretation is definitely the traditional view of this and probably exactly what happened. But I have often thought that we never got to hear the rest of the story. The disciples were disturbed that the rich young ruler walked away and Jesus answered in faith, “All things are possible.” By “All things” I have wondered if he meant even the rich young ruler. I wonder if what attracted him to Jesus continued to work on his soul. Jesus spoke to the idol of his heart. And then he declares to his disciples the possibility for all things, even for this young man.
I am reminded of my great Uncle who was lost. He was married to my great aunt for 50 years. She faithfully prayed for the hardened husband for their entire marriage. In his early 80’s Uncle Ralph gave his life to Jesus and never missed church again. “All things are possible!”
As Paul Harvey would say, “And that is the rest of the story.” I wonder if there is a “rest of the story” for the rich young ruler and for those I think will never turn to Jesus? “All things are possible!”