Continuing from my previous post, I am writing about the rich young man [Mark 10:17-31] who walked away from Jesus, very sadly. He could not or would not give up his treasures (his heart) for eternal life.
We are the people of the Bible. We may be one decision away from becoming them-or are already there. We are every bit as prideful, sinful, murderous, or ____ as the people in the Bible were. We are the same; and without God, we will also not enter the kingdom of God.
I think this story aptly illustrates [that]we do not or cannot save ourselves.
We are blind to what really holds us back from salvation. The rich young man spoke of being a really good person! But until Jesus took him by surprise, he had no idea how much he valued his riches above all else.
We cannot or will not (without Jesus!) give up what holds us back from salvation.
“He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
(John 1:11-13, emphasis mine)
The rich young man asked “What must I do“… If he had simply said “Lord, save me,” Jesus would have saved the rich young man like everyone else who had come to Him and asked. (“…With God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27)
In the end, the rich young man lost everything anyway. He had gained a whole lot of things in this world, but he had lost his soul. (Mark 8:36)
In the end, we who are saved will gain everything that matters.
The disciples turned to Jesus when the rich young man left and reminded Him that they had given up much: riches, family, homes, etc. Jesus then reminded them that whatever they had given up, they would receive ‘one-hundred fold’ along with eternal life. (Mark 17:29-31)
What amazing promises! God has truly given us everything.
Further reading: Matthew 7:7, Isaiah 55:5