by Miles McPherson

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Matthew 19

Message Recap:

Pastor Miles delivered today’s message from Matthew 19 with parallel scenes from the movie, The Pursuit of Happiness.

Do you ever feel that, in your pursuit of success and happiness, you can’t catch a break?

Do you ever feel that, in your pursuit of success and happiness, you can’t catch a break? Sometimes setbacks and obstacles are the hand of God as He tries to get your attention. As you strive to earn more possessions, money, responsibility, or prestige, don’t be fooled into thinking that these are the things that will bring you happiness. No one wants to spend his life running down a path and realize he missed the real road!

Our Scripture today from Matthew 19 is the story of the rich young ruler who comes to Jesus thinking he has life all figured out. He is rich, influential, and educated and he believes he lacks nothing except eternal life. But when Jesus “drops a bomb” on him, he realizes the whole plan for his life has been wrong.

The rich young ruler asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus replies,
“…if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

He said to Him, “Which ones?”

Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”
Matthew 19:17b-20

This young man believes he is all set—that his whole life has been lived according to God’s design. He has wealth, status, and education, and he has followed the commandments. But Jesus’ reply leaves him stunned:

Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
But when the young man heard that saying, he wen ...

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