“Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He said to Him, “Which ones?”
Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”” Mt. 19: 16-27
Would you believe it took me years of listening to preaching on this well known Bible story and studying it myself before I opened my eyes and realized I was wrong to assume the so-called rich young ruler never committed his life to the Lord Jesus Christ? Oh sure, it looks like he went away so horrified at having to give up his possessions that he surely didn’t give them up in order to have everlasting life with Jesus, but do the verses say this for sure? Not that I can see anyway. Maybe he never gave up his possessions and received eternal life. Or maybe he was horrified at the prospect of giving them up but did it anyway because he wanted eternal life. But this story really isn’t about him and what he ultimately did, is it? Isn’t it really about what you and I ultimately do? There is no greater blessing in the universe than the Lord Jesus Christ and having everlasting life with Him, but isn’t it true there is so much we humans want to hold onto that if we’re honest we can’t imagine doing without? That if we’re honest we may even place a higher value on than Jesus Himself? Let us not concern ourselves with what the rich young ruler did, but at we’re doing each and every day. Are we willing to give up anything Jesus desires we give up because He is our first love and greatest desire and most wonderful blessing? Oh, how humbled I am to admit I still find myself clinging at times to things and people on this earth. May we hold on for dear life to nothing tighter than we hold onto precious Jesus – the greatest, and everlasting, blessing in the universe! AMEN!