Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
As a Christian in the United States when I read or hear this verse it brings conviction to my heart.
I do not view this verse as a command to each and every believer. It is for certain individuals who God calls to give up everything and follow a specific purpose.
I come to this conclusion based upon several verses, one of them being the following.
1Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
Paul does not condemn the rich or the riches that the people have. However, he challenges them not to truth in uncertain riches, but in God who provides. Our hope, trust and security must only be in God. The problem with riches is that it is difficult for a believer to let go of them when they are so comfortable. Even for those of us in America who are not wealthy according to the standards of our country we are wealthy in possessions and opportunities that those in most other nations do not have.
It’s very, very important for each and every one of us to have the heart condition towards our home, car, etc. that when the Lord says, “sell all you have, give to the poor and you will have treasures in heaven and come follow me” we can quickly say, “Yes Lord, I will follow you immediately.”
I challenge you to examine your heart, how would you feel if the Lord called you to sell your house, quit your job and follow Him into the mission field. Does it bring up a feeling nervousness or concern or are ready for the call?
I can tell you honestly that I am not fully there yet, but He is certainly working in me. I have uncertainty in my work and financial future right now, but God is the owner of my finances, my work and EVERYTHING in this world. He is more than able to provide for me. My desire is to be in the position that He wants me to be and to be following Him daily regardless of the circumstances.