I was thinking about the question that the rich young man asked Jesus. He called Him Teacher so it leads me to believe that He wanted to truly know the answer to his question.
“Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”
Jesus tells Him that if he wishes to enter into life, keep the Commandments. As we will find out later, the rich man tells us he has been keeping the Commandments. Why in the world would he continue to ask Jesus more questions like…
Why would he ask that? He knew the Commandments and he knew that he observed all of them. Was his pride rearing up that He wanted a pat on the back or to hear Jesus say well done my good and faithful servant? It seems like he could have just let it go right there, continue living and observing the Commandments and enter life at the appropriate time! But no, he asks this question…
“What do I still lack?”
Well, he just opened the door to truth! I was thinking, what do I think Jesus would tell me if I asked Him this same question. But first, back to the rich man he said…
“If you wish to be perfect,* go, sell what you have and give to [the] poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
And scripture says that “When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.” I can honestly say that possessions are of little importance to me and that is only by the Grace of God. One of my daily prayers is Proverbs 30:7-9 which says, 2 things I ask of you, deny them not to me before I die; give me neither poverty nor riches; provide me only with the food I need lest being full I deny you saying “Who is the Lord?” or being in want I steal and profane the name of my God.
That being said, what do I think Jesus would say to me?
“If you wish to be perfect Mike, stop with all your impure desires. Stop avoiding the conflicts in your marriage using long hours at work to avoid healing. Think more about your health and eating habits as I need you ready for the journey I want you to follow. Quit with your prideful attitude, doing what you want when I keep asking you to follow my will. Step out of your comfort zone and start living fully for my glory. Quit hiding behind your music at church and your over abundant prayer life and get out and bring Christ to the world.”
Well, I’m not walking away sad but I have some things to think about and do. O merciful Lord, thank you Jesus!