August 17 Are You Discouraged In
“Yet lackest thou one thing; sell all that thou hast
. . and come, follow Me.” Luke 18:22
“And when he heard this . . .” Have you ever heard the Master say a hard
word? If you have not, I question whether you have heard Him say anything.
Jesus Christ says a great deal that we listen to, but do not hear; when we do
hear, His words are amazingly hard.
Jesus did not seem in the least solicitous that this man should do what
He told him, He made no attempt to keep him with Him. He simply said – Sell all
you have, and come, follow Me. Our Lord never pleaded, He never cajoled, He
never entrapped; He simply spoke the sternest words mortal ears ever listened
to, and then left it alone.
Have I ever heard Jesus say a hard word? Has He said something
personally to me to which I have deliberately listened? Not something I can
expound or say this and that about, but something I have heard Him say to me?
This man did understand what Jesus said, he heard it and he sized up what it
meant, and it broke his heart. He did not go away defiant; he went away
sorrowful, thoroughly discouraged. He had come to Jesus full of the fire of
earnest desire, and the word of Jesus simply froze him; instead of producing an
enthusiastic devotion, it produced a heart-breaking discouragement. And Jesus
did not go after him, He let him go. Our Lord knows perfectly that when once
His word is heard, it will bear fruit sooner or later. The terrible thing is
that some of us prevent it bearing fruit in actual life. I wonder what we will
say when we do make up our minds to be devoted to Him on that particular point?
One thing is certain, He will never cast anything up at us.