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From radical wannabe to rich young ruler

Jesus attracted a lot of people seeking more out of life. The more desperate they were, the more grace they got. The more self-sufficient they were, the more content in their false self, the more Jesus rattled their cages. The rich young ruler came to Jesus, and Jesus told him to liquidate …
By Seth Barnes

Jesus attracted a lot of people seeking more out of
life. The more desperate they were, the
more grace they got. The more
self-sufficient they were, the more content in their false self, the more Jesus
rattled their cages.

The rich young ruler came to Jesus, and Jesus told him to
liquidate his insurance policies and remove every safety net (see the story in
Matthew 19). But by then he’d gotten
hooked on the opium of self-sufficiency – it was too late. He went away forlorn but unchanged.

We have a nation of rich young rulers hooked on
self-sufficiency and comfort. Those
coming from Christian families are stuck following a radical master whose words
make no sense to their practical ears.

I listened to this interview between a couple of
Christian cynics interviewing World Racer Chad Mast last week. What’s remarkable is the conversation they have
with one another after finishing the interview.
Go to the 45-minute mark to hear it.

Erik genuinely wants to experience the power of God. He’s prayed for people to be healed before
and been disappointed. He admires Chad’s
Jesus and is interested in talking about him, but feels stuck where he’s at.

There’s a whole generation of Eriks out there who are
stuck in a comfort addiction. They don’t
like the reflection in the mirror, but don’t want to pay the price for a
makeover. When they see someone like
Chad really going for it, they say, “I could never be like that.”
They despair, thinking they could never be anything more than a nominal Christian. For people
like that, America is a crack house for their addiction.

If you feel conflicted, seeing the self-sufficiency in
your life, but unsure about how to escape its grasp, I recommend meditating on
2 Timothy 3 for a month to help you see reality. Then, consider the World Race as your
methadone treatment.

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