Today, my brother Tom texted me the following verses.
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
I got to thinking about this story and wrote the following poem. May God help us to “let go” when He asks us to do so!
When Less Is More
One day a rich young ruler came to Jesus, for to see,
what needed to be done to have life eternally.
But the answer Jesus gave, this man chose to reject,
for the Master offered a choice that he did not expect.
“Go sell what you have, and give it to the poor.”
To the ruler, it sounded like less, but in reality it was more.
This fellow had so many possessions, that he could not clearly see,
what Jesus wanted to offer, was life more abundantly.
Though the Lord looked on the man, with love in His eyes that day
the rich young ruler’s face was sad, his decision, to walk away.
Perhaps it’s not possessions, to which you tightly cling;
it may be a person, ambition or some other worldly thing.
Will you choose to go away dejected, or scowl, wear a frown,
if the Master, knowing what’s best, would ask you to lay it down?
The things that we hold on to, thinking that they make us whole
may be the very reason God sends leanness to our soul.
Learn a lesson from this rich man, of his error don’t partake.
To hang on, when God says, “Let go”, is always a mistake.
If you come in true surrender, you’ll be better than before.
For in God’s economy, sometimes less is really more!