This morning I had the opportunity to talk to one of the salesmen at the dealership where I work. We were riding together in the car down to our auxiliary lot to pick up two vehicles when he asked me how I handle the temptations of the world.
I responded, “You mean the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life?”
He said, “Yeah.”
I explained to him that it’s a lot like a relationship with a guy and a girl. When a guy is actively pursuing the girl he is head over heals for, all of the other distractions don’t get in the way.
We then talked about what it really means to pursue God and what it means to fear him . His response was that some people pursue God just so they can get something out of it. When they get what they were looking for they forget about God and move on with their life.
Then we talked about the rich young ruler who approached Jesus and asked him what was the next step to take in life, as if he had already reached the highest level and he was looking for the next thing to get ahead. Jesus’ response was shocking to the man. Instead of giving him the next tip to get ahead, he told him that he had to sell all that he owned and give it to the poor. Now this wasn’t what the man needed to do in order to be saved but Jesus knew that this young man was pursuing Him for the wrong reasons.
My friend told me, “God is pretty smart.”
He hit the nail on the head. God isn’t there for our benefit, we are there for his glory. When we pursue God for our own benefits in life. He will remove the blessings of being in a close relationship with him.