Who is controlling your story? As we hear God’s story, we find our identity within it. We now belong to Jesus. “It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). I give up all attempts to find my identity in my own good deeds, my accomplishments, or possessions. There can only be one master story-teller speaking over my life—and that is Jesus. In today’s podcast episode we consider the account of the rich young man that is found in the Gospels (Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; and Luke 18:18-30). I offer you the following prayer to help you weave the message of this passage into your own story.
Jesus, as I come to you this day, I give up all of my attempts to make myself good in your eyes or the eyes of others. Instead, I rest in your love as the free grace that it is. I take you and you alone as my Lord, Savior, and King. I relinquish all my efforts to find my identity in what I attain or hold onto—power, money, possessions, and position. I declare that you are my only Master. I look to you for guidance, direction, and strength. I want to hear your voice over the clamor of the world around me. I receive my identity of being yours. Through the power of your Holy Spirit, make me more like you today. Amen.