The Rich Young Ruler
16 And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” 17 And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 Then he *said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not commit murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; 19 Honor your father and mother; and You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man *said to Him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 22 But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.
23 And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 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.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” 26 And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Notice that Jesus only mentions the commandments to the rich man that are actions, but leaves out the “heart” commandments… put no other God’s before me, honor the Sabbath. But Jesus knew that this was a heart issue. His reliance is on his riches, not on God — that’s his idol. His riches have formed a lining around his heart preventing him from full surrender to God. Yesterday we read about the need for forgiveness and today we read about the need for total surrender. What do you need to surrender? What idol are you hanging onto? Is there anything you’ve been putting before Jesus?
Prayer: Lord, make me grateful for all You give me, and help me to be ready to give it all back to You.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB © The Lockman Foundation (www.lockman.org)