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The Rich Young Ruler

John Collins11/12/2012Matthew 19 gives the story of the rich young ruler.  

The rich man asked Jesus what he must do to have eternal life, displaying a works-righteous faith.  Jesus responded, "Why do you ask me about what is good?  There is only One who is good.  If you would enter life, keep the commandments.

Jesus could see into the man's heart.  He already knew the man was a good man, keeping the commandments.  Yet he asked, and the ruler responded, "Which ones?"  Jesus listed them.

The rich young man replied, saying that he had kept all of them from his birth.  "What do I still lack," he said?

Jesus knew the man had placed his pride in his value of money, and pride was sinful.  Jesus searched deep and found the one thing that the man was putting above his salvation, and told the young man to get rid of it.  "If you would be perfect, go, and sell what you possess.  Give them to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven."

The young man went away with great sorrow, for he had great possessions.  

Jesus said that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God.  Though this may seem impossible, Jesus said that with God, all things are possible.

As Christians, we should as ourselves:  Is there anything in our lives that we put above Christ?