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Ravi Zacharias tells the story about a boy that loved collecting marbles. He lived next door to a little girl who had a lot of candy.
She said to him: ''If you'll give me all of your marbles, I'll give you all of my candy.''
He said he'd think about it. The next day, he hid a few of the marbles in his room and offered the rest to the little girl for her candy. That night, he couldn't get to sleep. He tossed and he turned and he turned and he tossed all night because he was so troubled.
And what do you think troubled him so much he couldn't sleep? What troubled him was the the thought:
''Did she really give me all of her candy?''
In our story this morning, we meet a man who wanted everything God could give. He came to Jesus and said: ''Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?'' Luke 18:18
He wanted everything God could give-
In response, Jesus asked him for everything he could give: ''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
ILLUS: Some time back I watched a video of a popular young preacher who talked about the importance of taking up your cross and following Christ. He was very earnest and powerful in his presentation… but then he said:
''Jesus taught that the rich should sell all their possessions and give their money to the poor.''
ILLUS: A few years ago, the Obama administration maintained that IF the rich didn't give more to underwrite certain government social programs that that would be ''morally troubling''.
Supporting that belief, comedian Stephen Colbert referred to this story about the rich young ruler we've read today and said roughly the same thing that preacher had said in that video: ''Jesus actually said rich people should sell all their possessions and give the money to the poor.''
Now, there are a couple of problems with Colbert's statemen ...
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