As He was leaving on His journey a man ran up and knelt before Him and asked Him, Good Teacher You who are essentially good and morally perfect, what shall I do to inherit eternal life that is, eternal salvation in the Messiah’s kingdom?
Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me good? No one is essentially good by nature except God alone.
You know the commandments: Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not testify falsely, Do not defraud, H onor your father and mother.
And he replied to Him, Teacher, I have carefully kept all these commandments since my youth.
Looking at him, Jesus felt a love high regard, compassion for him, and He said to him, You lack one thing:
Go and sell all your property and give the money to the poor, and you will have abundant treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me becoming My disciple, believing and trusting in Me and walking the same path of life that I walk.
But the man was saddened at Jesus’ words, and he left grieving, because he owned much property and had many possessions which he treasured more than his relationship with God. MARK 10:17-22 AMP
Some of us are like the young rich ruler who couldn’t give up his wealth to follow Jesus. We amass so much wealth to the extent that we forget that it is God who has given us life.
Some will even boast with their wealth forgetting that it is God who gives power to make wealth.
Thus says the Lord, Let not the one who is wise and skillful boast in his insight;
Let not the one who is mighty and powerful boast in his strength;
Let not the one who is rich boast in his temporal satisfactions and earthly abundance. JEREMIAH 9:23 AMP
When Jesus challenged the young rich ruler to sell his properties and give the proceeds to the poor in Mark 10:17-22 he walked away sorrowful and unrepentant. His heart was in his riches, he couldn’t afford to give away all that he had to follow Jesus.
Consider what Jesus said in verse 25;
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man who places his faith in wealth or status to enter the kingdom of God.
At this point i must state that total obedience and absolute trust in God is paramount in our Christian life.
Another example is the Church in Laodicea which was recorded in the book of revelation chapter three.
The Church in Laodicea thought they were rich with everything they wanted and they didn’t need anything, but what they didn’t realize was that they were wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked.
Spiritual blindness is when we don’t see Jesus for who he is especially His ability to forgive and heal us. This happens when our hearts is unreceptive and shut against God’s word.
There are records of people in the Bible who followed Jesus wholeheartedly and today they are an exmples for us.
Peter said to Him, Look, we have given up everything and followed You becoming Your disciples and accepting You as Teacher and Lord. MARK 10:28 AMP
Ordinary fishermen decided to follow Jesus abandoning everything they had and they became great men of God who propagated the gospel of Christ performing signs and wonders for the kingdom.
Elisha killed and shared his cattle when he was called to follow Jesus and he later received a double portion of his master’s anointing.
Irrespective of your positions in life, Jesus is calling you to buy gold from Him that has been purified by fire then you will be rich.
He’s calling you to buy white garments from Him so that you’ll not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so that you will be able to see.
Jesus is calling you to His marvelous light, He’s calling you to follow Him so that you can walk on the same path of life as He did.
Take care and enjoy your day filled with love and blessings,