“Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” Jesus told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.” (Mark 10:21-22 NIV)
I love Jesus, but want to hold on to my
own friends even when they do not lead me closer to Jesus. I love Jesus, but
want to hold on to my own independence even when it brings me no real freedom.
I love Jesus, but do not want to lose the respect of my professional colleagues
even though their respect does not make me grow spiritually. I love Jesus, but
do not want to give up my writing, travel, and speaking plans even when they
are often more to my glory than God's.
-- Henri J.M. Nouwen, from his diary; in New Oxford Review
(April 1987). Christianity Today, Vol. 32, no. 15.