When the rich ruler came to Jesus and asked “What must I do to inherit eternal life?“ Jesus instructed him to follow the ten commandments. He replied that he had kept the commandments since he was a boy. Jesus then instructed him to sell everything he had and give it to the poor. The guy walked away sad because he was incredibly rich and he didn’t want to give it up. Of course, we know that the only way to heaven is believing in Christ and repenting of our sins. Jesus was simply making a point that some people put more reliance on their riches than they do on the Lord.
- Jesus didn’t tell him to sell his stuff and give his proceeds to the government to distribute. He was allowed to decide himself who should receive what.
- Lesson: We can and should determine who we want to bless from our abundance. The government need not interfere.
- After the man walked away, Jesus didn’t run after him to renegotiate. The Lord just let him walk.
- Lesson: We can follow the Lord’s example and let some people walk away. When our passion for another person’s change is greater than their own, we risk becoming enablers.
Using the brains God gave us to make decisions can be a powerful act of worship.
What do you think?