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Rivers of blood, plagues, frogs, insects, gigantic hailstones, thunder and lightning all fail to soften the heart of Pharaoh. Not even his own advisers seem able to shift his stubborn rejection of God and certainly not the representatives of the chosen race.

We too are often stubborn. We enjoy our comfortable life-styles, designer clothes, electronic gadgets, fine food and wine and yet these possessions, these material belongings simply make it much harder for us to enter the gates of heaven.

If God calls us now to give up everything to follow him with the reward of eternal life at the end of it, would we drop everything and go or, like the young man in Matthew’s Gospel, turn away dejected.

The more we have to lose, the harder this question becomes! Pharaoh had everything a man could dream of and more besides and it was going to take more than a few plagues to convince him. What would it take to convince us?

If we remember that God created everything and he will provide for all our needs, it should be very easy to give up everything and follow him – shouldn’t it?

Scripture: Exodus 8:1-9:35; Matthew 19:13-30; Psalm 24:1-10; Proverbs 6:1-5