The reason why we see so many unsuccessful Christians is because they wish to inherit eternal life. These are two mistakes that can never be committed by those who want the seal of the Holy Spirit and eternal life: The first mistake is to WISH.
We know there is a big difference between WANTING and WISHING. Those who WANT do whatever is necessary to succeed; they rise to the top of the mountain and surrender everything and everyone to call God’s attention; while those who WISH, only do what they feel like doing.
The second mistake is wishing to INHERIT the Kingdom of Heaven.
See what the rich young ruler asked Jesus: “Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” Mark 10.17
‘Inherit’ means to take or receive by succession or will, as an heir.
He was rich, yet he was still young. Therefore, how had he achieved all of his richness? Surely, he inherited it from his parents. He had not worked and sacrificed to be rich, he had just inherited the wealth from his family; and it is only fair that he also ask the Lord Jesus how to INHERIT eternal life.
But, in this case, obtaining eternal life would not be as easy. If he ‘wished’ for something so precious, he would also have to surrender everything he had.
Eternal life, the new birth and the baptism with the Holy Spirit cannot be inherited. If so, all of the bishops’ and pastors’ children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren… would be saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. But we know that this is not the case. And why not?
“…the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. ” Matthew 11.12
Therefore, after reminding him of the obedience to the Lord Jesus, and because He LOVED him, He said: “One thing you lack: go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” Mark 10.21
Notice how Jesus asked him for everything he had, because He LOVED him, and He knew very well that if he did not surrender the things that occupied his heart, he would not inherit eternal life; but unfortunately, that young man was so attached to his material wealth that he sadly decided to walk away from the presence of the Lord Jesus.
Never do this! Nothing in this world was, is or will be more important than our eternal life.
God bless you!
Bishop Edir Macedo
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