QT – Matthew 19

Vs. 6, “So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”  The Pharisee’s would continue to attempt to find ways to challenge Jesus and they did this with the topic of divorce (Vs. 1-12).  The creation of marriage was around far longer than the laws that began with Moses (Deut. 24:1).  God’s purpose has always been for one man and one woman to married to each other (Romans 7:1-3).  Many of you will move on to marriage and that bond is stronger than your relationship with your family.  We are also reminded in this passage about the rich young man.  His weakness wa his love for money and he went away sad for he knew he would not give it up. 

Regarding application…Sacrifice.  Vs. 30, “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.”  Jesus would say this to the disciples after they felt pretty good about their own self sacrifice in giving up their own lives to follow Him.  Even when we do good things we can often do them with selfish motives.  We must be careful to not desire the praises of this world.  I have found this to be true in my own life as well.  Often the measure of a successful church is how large the congregation is.  When I was in Portland just starting out as a Youth Pastor in the late 90’s….I atteneded a couple of Korean Youth Pastor prayer meetings.  One of the first things people naturally do is ask how big your youth group is.  Mine at the time was pretty small and when I heard some of the others share how large their youth group was, I was a bit intimidated.  I found myself a bit envious and wished I could share how large my group was and all the “Godly” things we were doing to help it grow.  But the first will be last and the last will be first.  Never forget this dear brothers & sisters.  We live this life for the the Lord not for the recognition of this world.  Amen!