What are you looking for?
Jesus tells a story about a rich young ruler who was intrigued by Jesus’ teachings and, in particular, His offer of eternal life. So, the rich young man asked, “What must I do to receive eternal life?”
Jesus responded by telling him to keep the commandments, “Do not murder, steal or commit adultery.”
“I’ve got those covered,” the young ruler replied, “Anything else?”
Jesus’ next response challenged the young man at his very core. “Okay, then sell all you own, give it to the poor and then come follow Me.”
Dejected, the young ruler left Jesus, because he loved his wealth.
This is the problem we all deal with from time to time. Are the momentary comforts of money and possessions holding you back from what is really important in life?
The rich young ruler’s wealth had deceived him into believing he was self sufficient — in charge. Therefore, he didn’t need God to guide his life. Such arrogance is called sin. It shows how imperfect we are and how we have become separated from God, who is perfect.
Jesus was calling the young ruler, and now you — no matter how good or how bad you think your life is going — to change direction by putting Him in the driver’s seat of your life. Jesus is the perfect Son of God and thus the only one who can take you back across the bridge that is separating you from God. He proved this 2,000 years ago when he died on a cross, only to rise from the dead three days later. This is how He has provided eternal life to you.
Is Jesus challenging you to make a decision to follow Him? Unlike this story, you might not have to sell everything you own to truly follow Jesus, but you do have to make a decision to believe in Him and accept His gift of eternal life.
If so, pray something like this....
“Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God, and that your death on a cross was to pay a debt I couldn’t pay for my sins against God. I put my trust in you to be my Savior and the Lord of my life. Unlike the rich young ruler who went away sad, I am glad that you have come to be my guide forever. Thank you.”