Update your Map
If you were to describe the typical “map” a young adult uses to navigate life, what would it look like and where would it lead?
We all need direction for our life. Unfortunately, sometimes we get the wrong direction or our current map is simply off. Have you ever traveled down a road using GPS to find out it just leads to a dead end or takes a longer route to the intended destination?
It’s important to check the maps we are using to lead us. Many times it time for an update. Where are you going these days and what map are you using?
Matthew 19:16-30 is the story of the Rich Young Ruler.
Take time to read the passage.
“In Jesus’ time, the rich were believed to be rich because they were blessed by God. Rich people also had time to study the Scriptures so as to better know God’s will. And the rich also had the resources to give large amounts to the temple treasury and to the poor, and thereby gain greater favor with God.” - Not a Fan
How do you believe this man shaped his map for living life? Most likely it would have been based on building power and prestige. It would have been logical that he would have very well considered himself to be an honored guest at heaven’s gate. Unfortunately earthly maps of success do not equate to heavenly maps of success.
Imagine for a moment everyone watching as the rich young ruler asked Jesus a very important question in verse 16, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
Jesus is direct. He says you need to change your current map of how you are living life! In verse 21, Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
The disciples who were watching were “astonished.” If this man who was highly esteemed in society could not enter the kingdom, then who can? Jesus was demonstrating the reality that no other possession can be greater in our life than Jesus.
If you follow all the commandments but don’t fall under the first, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3), then God is not the map maker of your life and you do a lot, but for no real eternal value. Following Jesus is letting go of the maps for which we believe to make sense in earthly context. There was a shift in thinking and an update being made as Jesus brought his upside down kingdom principles to our world. Jesus does this to unlock us and free us to live here on earth with eternity in mind.
Surrender to Jesus making a shift in your heart, mind, will, and emotions as you meditate on his word. He wants to transform the map of how you live life and renew your purpose, direction, and ultimate destination. Don’t get caught in thinking the patterns of this world but be caught up in following Jesus who wants to lead you to lasting life. Let God rule over your heart and be the map maker for your days. It starts with making him God and not allowing any other gods to creep into your heart.
Ask. Wait. Listen. Shift
- Jesus, can you reveal to me the current map I’m using to lead my life?
Holy Spirit open me up to see and receive the updates you want to make in me. Let me trust you with what you may ask me to leave behind for what you are bringing me towards.