Matthew 19:20-22, The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, 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. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
God’s word is amazing! It never gets old–or at least it shouldn’t. And this is especially true when reading the Gospels and looking at, and learning from, the life and teachings of our Lord Jesus. How many times have I read the story of the Rich Young Ruler over the past 5-6 years alone? Mega-many, that’s for sure!
Yet, I can’t ever simply just read over it without asking myself, “In what way am I like the Rich Young Ruler?” Regrettably, in far more ways than I would like to or would ever publicly admit. Reading it this morning, I ask myself ….
WHO or WHAT am I “holding on to” that is keeping me from “going all the way” with Jesus? WHO or WHAT am I “holding on to” that is keeping me from following Jesus wherever He might lead and do whatever Jesus might ask me to do.
For the rich young ruler, it was financial security (MATT 19:16-24). For some it is family. For others, it is friends. For some, it is future ambitions. For others, it’s familiarity. For some, it is fellow-laborers.
And, for many, it is simply the fear of the unknown!
Everyone tends to have a tight grip on someone or something. That’s a simple fact. May God help us to have a tight grip on Christ, and Christ alone!