Young Ruler Rich:
Jesus Counsels the Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10.17-27)
17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”
20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”
21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”
22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
With God All Things Are Possible
23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! 25 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.”
26 And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?”
27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
What a sad, sad story
Meet Rich, a wealthy young ruler, who seeks out Jesus and asks Him the most important question of his life. [Please read the above “transcript” from Mark 10.]
This may be the saddest story in the New Testament. Here was a young man who had everything. All the things most of our young people today desire and lust after: position, power, wealth, health, religion, parents who love him, morals, and integrity.
Eternal life. I’d say that’s a big “something” to be missing. Yet, Rich left sad. He thought Jesus’ terms were just too much for him – he would not give up his “stuff.” Isn’t it ironic that in all truth, following Jesus would have given him so much more.
Lessons to Take-away!
- The story begins with great Hope. And, hope has the potential to change everything.
- Always go to the correct Source when seeking advice, wisdom, or eternal life.
- When seeking counsel, don’t go with your own pre-determined answers.
- When seeking counsel, go with ears to hear and a heart to receive.
- Jesus did not give Rich “a pass” – just because he was who he was. Jesus told him the only Answer He knew.
- Let all of our counsel (when others come to us) line up with The Word – no soft-soaping anything. The Word works and let Holy Spirit do the rest.
- Even those we LOVE, deserve the Truth of The Word. Don’t skinny down The Truth for anyone.
Rich, the rich young ruler, who left with great sadness.