Inherit the Kingdom of God

Inherit the Kingdom of God

Day 14

nativity-2013Some people are under the illusion that only a certain number of people will be allowed into the Kingdom of God, but my understanding is that this is not so. However today i want to focus on one that that will help you get there, because no one can do the work needed for someone else; as in one person cannot keep the commandments on behalf on someone else. We are all promised eternal life but to obtain exaltation we must do more.

In Luke 18 we are told about the conversation Jesus had with a certain rich man and it goes something like this –

‘A certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall i do to inherit eternal life?

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is God.

Thou knowest the commandments, Do you commit adultery, Do you kill, Do you steal, Do you bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.

And he said, All these have i kept from my youth up.

Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was a very rich.’

There is two important points to consider when reading this passage of scripture and these are; it is not about how rich or poor someone is, but how what one does with those riches that counts. Jesus tells the the rich man to sell his riches and give to the poor not so that he could then go around saying Look what i have done! No, what he actually says to the rich man is, Come, Follow me.

There are two types of poor in the world; relative where you have less than meets the average person in your society and absolute when you have nothing and may even lack that which sustains life. Most people in the Western world have enough for their needs and then some to share, but i have found that those that have little to spare are more likely to share what they have with those that have not than those that anyone would consider ‘rich’.

There was a time in my own life not too far back when i had to rely on the charity of others for my daily bread, it can be a very humbling experience if you allow it to be, but we do need to say that we need help. Now although i have little if anything to spare i am conscious that i now have enough for needs. To often we can become like the rich man and fix our eyes and our hearts on the prizes of this world, but even the mummified Egyptians will have found that they could not take their worldly riches with them into eternal life.

I have a friend called Heron, i give him a hard time whenever i can but really he’s a good man. Yet there was a time when he told me he had 40 white shirts for work. My obvious reply was Why? Can you not give some of them away? He muttered something about some of them being old and thread bare and not much good. But not all of them? I understand that he needed a number of white shirts for work, but… After i explained to him that his old shirt could in fact becomes someone else’s prize procession i believe he did indeed give some of them away.

We all have ‘things’, ‘stuff’ that we no longer need or want and yet we keep hold of them ‘just in case’ or has he’s known around here as ‘Justin’ but when our hearts are set upon the things of this world more than things of God we can lose focus on what is of real and true value. What could you do today, tomorrow or soon to give away that which could become someone else’s prize procession?

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13 thoughts on “Inherit the Kingdom of God

  1. Actually i am called of God to teach the gospel to all who want to hear. I did say there was more to these verses then i would go into. And besides if you do not agree with what i am teaching then don’t read it, it will be of no consequence to me if you don’t. But one last thing if you have taken upon you the name of Christ and been born again then you don’t judge someone else you just accept them for who they are. As for the rich man he had missed the point, that although he had kept the commandments of God since he was old enough to understand them he still would not give them up and come follow Christ. Too many people today say i am a Christian but do not go to church on a Sunday because they would rather go shopping and shopping is now one of the most popular leisure activities there is. Are you called to teach?

  2. Our brains must have been on the same wave length yesterday mum as Adam taught an FHE lesson from March’s Ensign on this precise thing!! πŸ™‚ I shall read him your blog later πŸ™‚ its uncanny that we were talking about the same thing… and coming to the same conclusions xx

    1. I will send you a copy via email unless you can see it on here of someone who didn’t agree, called me brother and then asked me if i was called of God? How little he knows!

  3. I don’t believe that she said “giving to others will get you a ticket into heaven” what I do believe was said was keeping for yourself and not giving up your worldly possessions… will not get you into heaven. The man kept the commandments, this is true and yet when the Lord himself asked him to give up his worldly goods and follow him the man couldn’t.

    Thou knowest the commandments, Do you commit adultery, Do you kill, Do you steal, Do you bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.

    And he said, All these have i kept from my youth up.

    Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

    And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was a very rich.

    How you could read anything else into that us beyond me….

    As I posted before, this doctrine is linked to modern day revelation! I am glad I posted Mum πŸ™‚ we seem to have been on the same wave length yet I was looking in the ensign and you were looking in the scriptures πŸ™‚ x

    1. I purposely did not explain everything there is to know in this scripture 1 Cor 3.2 – I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.’ Are you agreeing with me on this?

  4. Mum ignore this clown he has not recieved the priesthood to act in gods game by the laying on of hands by those in authority where I have

    1. I have blocked him and deleted his comments from my blog. I know i am called of God, ordained by his Priesthood to preach the gospel unto all that want to hear. Thank you for your comment, i hadn’t realised until last night how much he had upset me.

      1. There are just some people in this world set out to bash their religion amd thoughts on others. Unfortunately wordpress and blogging attract this kind of attention. That being said there was no need for the type of comment that person put.

        I only saw it because I ask for notifications of any replies to your blog. On the plus side… at least u got Adam to read your blog (and comment). I don’t think he follows you so he must have searched for it on your FB and then come to post hehe. One more reader πŸ˜€

      2. I replied to Adam. I thought he was going to write a film blog? It would give him some focus and might even be good for him x

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