God has an awesome plan for your life today. But you will never walk in the fullness of what the Lord has in store for you unless you give your entire being to the Lord!
Suppose I offer to sell you my car but mention I want to keep the glove compartment. You say, “That’s ridiculous! The glove compartment is part of the car. If you sell me the car, it belongs to me—all of it.” That’s how some people think they can come to Jesus. They say, “Jesus, I give you my life—all but this one thing. (It may be their finances, their future, their thought life, or some sinful habit.)
A rich, young ruler asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life (Matthew 19:16-22). Jesus knew the one area the man clung to was his riches, so He told him to sell his possessions and give them to the poor. The young man went away sorrowful because his riches meant more to him than the opportunity to walk with Jesus. His riches took first place in his life.
Jesus did not give him an installment plan of 25% down and easy monthly payments. He did not give him an easy way out. No, Jesus knew this young man’s god was money and he would have to let it go and allow Jesus to take the place of riches in his heart. Either Jesus is Lord of all or not Lord at all!
When you put a puzzle together and one piece is missing, it’s so frustrating! Why? It’s never complete. There is no fulfillment. Sin frustrates people. Something is missing in their lives; they have no peace. But when Jesus becomes the Lord of their lives, they now have a reason to live. He comes to give abundant life, filled with purpose and meaning (John 10:10).