My Musings – He was seeking eternal life. He had meticulously kept the commandments that Jesus mentioned. He could almost reach it. But there was one thing he lacked. Something he could not let go. There’s a scene from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” that provides a great illustration. After finding the elusive “Holy Grail” supernatural events intervene. A massive earthquake opens up threatening to swallow the grail causing it to be lost forever. Suspended over the gaping crevasse, hanging onto his father (Professor Henry Jones) with one hand, Indiana Jones (Junior) desperately reaches for the grail, just inches from his other outstretched hand:
Professor Henry Jones: [in an urgent voice] “Junior, give me your other hand! I can’t hold on!”
Indiana Jones: [straining to reach the Grail] “I can get it. I can almost reach it, Dad…”
Professor Henry Jones: [in a quiet voice] “Indiana.”
[surprised, Indy looks back at his father].
Professor Henry Jones: [firmly, but still quietly] “Indiana… let it go.”
Of course, we all know what happens. Indiana grabs onto his father with both hands and is saved. Letting go of the prize he had long sought to find.
The application? We cannot hold onto our Heavenly Father with one hand while clinging onto our prized sins – sinful habits, sinful relationships, sinful pursuits, etc… We cannot serve two masters.
My Advice – What are you reaching for or hanging onto that is keeping you from fully committing to a relationship with Jesus Christ? Let it go.