When Jesus saw the thickness of the shell that covered his soul, Jesus encouraged the man to commit religious suicide in order to have Spiritual Life. Jesus knew that the Only hope for the young man was in cracking his shell of satanic formed security because the man had told Jesus his religious, legalistic resume.
“When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” – Luke 18:22-24
The most comfortable place for you to be is exactly where satan wants you! You may have found comfort in your intellect, your power, your religion or even your illness but the comfort from your shell is Exactly where satan wants you.
As long as your comfort comes from what you do or who you portray or anything short of complete honesty and openness before God, satan is very happy with you. As a result most people spend their entire life behind a shell and never know a true relationship with God based Solely on His Son by Grace through Faith!
This is why the law is good and bad at the same time. The law is good for those under the law as its requirements could never be met and the guilt and shame will forever haunt the person who is trying to accomplish it. The law is bad in that the law is the “power of sin” and therefore it gives power to that very thing that Christ set us Free from.
This is why I am constantly urging people to realize that Jesus did Not come to set up a new religion – He came that we might have Life and have it to the Full! We cannot have Life to the Full if we are trusting in the shell that keeps us from honesty and openness before God!
If you really want to dig into a serious Bible study to see what this looks like I encourage you to go to the link below and spend some time, days, weeks, as long as you need to see the Beauty of Grace!
Link to the Bible study on Grace – just click on these words!
Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss your findings and the direction the Lord leads you through this Bible study or contact me on anything as I stand ready to counsel or visit with anyone about His Amazing Grace!