In Matthew 19:21, “Jesus said unto him [the rich young ruler] If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and COME AND FOLLOW ME. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”
This rich young ruler recognized Jesus’ righteousness because he said, “Good Master, what shall I do that I may have eternal life? Jesus said….keep the commandments.” Obviously, this kid had a golden spoon in his mouth and didn’t need anything else except eternal life. Thats the one thing his money couldn’t buy! The other lesson here is to “…first seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, then, all these other things shall be added unto you…” This situation could have been reversed, i.e., the goodly rich lad could have been a goodly poor lad seeking wealth. Then, the Lord would have told him to continue on the right path as the reward will follow.
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
Wnen you have great possesssions or too much of good things, they get in the way. Literally, we have so many toys to tinker with and these things keep us from serving the Lord. For example, you may have a boat and you take it out on Saturdays-Sundays. So, you cannot attend church because you’ve got to stock the boat, clean it, get some steaks and beer on board, invite others along with you, and celebrate over the weekend. Maybe you’re one of those who gets up early to wash and shine the cars; then, walk the dog or go jogging in the park.
The Bible states, “…don’t forget to assemble yourselves in the body of believers…” But, you’ve GOT OTHER THANGS TO DO. What happens, if there is a boating accident…you will call upon the Lord. What happens, if somebody smashes into your nice car…you will call upon the Lord. Don’t make these things demi-gods. The Bible states, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me…”
Aside from keeping God’s Word, living according the the Commandments, maintaining our faith, we must do good works, “Faith without works is dead…” Unforuntately, this rich young ruler, just couldn’t give up his wealth which was a good thing to do (because the Lord planned to give him wealth in heaven). But this kid wanted his reward down here on earth and probably would have lost his mind without his riches (i.e., no more servants, no more feasts, no houses and land, no gold, no silver, etc.) Because he was accustomed to the finer things in life, he couldn’t bare to sleep on the ground.
Let’s look at a few examples! No farmer just plants a seed in the ground, he fertilizes the soil, waters it, cultivates it, digs up the weeds, and so forth. You cannot just live on unproven faith because your faith will be tried and tested. Believe me! Here’s another example: lots of young folks (and people in general) want to get paid every two weeks but they go to work late and leave early. They use up their sick leave and vacation leave. Yet, they still want a check for 80 hours. When they get the check, they cry out “Wolf, I’ve been wronged..my check was short.” The concept here is no work…no pay!
Being perfect doesn’t mean you are spotless and/or without sin. Clearly, the Bible states that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” When you sin and make a mistake against the Lord and others, REPENT and ask for FORGIVENESS! Get that thing right before the Lord.
Have a Blessed day!