The rich young ruler came to Jesus with an absolutely sincere question—sadly, it was the wrong question. Too often in our journey we ask the same wrong question—What can I DO to be saved. The answer is and will always be the same. Surrender and follow. The young ruler was trying hard to do it right. He came to the right person, he addressed the right issue BUT, he came unwilling to DO the one thing necessary for salvation. SURRENDER. So many are willing to do church, do good deeds, avoid bad deeds and even seek the truth. The problem lies in the fact that simple knowledge of the truth is not sufficient. Jesus told the rich young ruler that he would be saved if he would walk away from the only thing he loved more than God—his wealth.
In our lives, Salvation will never come down to the list of things we do and avoid. It will simply be a function of our faith that Jesus is Lord and our willingness to follow him. For us to follow him, however, means we have to quit following the other God’s in our lives. In Israel, God always became furious when the Israelites worshipped Him AND Baal, Him and Golden Calves, Him and Money, Him and Power. Him and sex. God wants complete allegiance. He will not be your part time Lord. Only when you surrender and allow him to be the leader all the time—will you begin to experience the freedom of salvation. We can never earn the gift of salvation. We can accept it, we can enjoy it and we can rest in it. We simply are not capable of achieving the holiness we need to face God without the cleansing that comes from surrendering our lives to him. Thank you Lord, for your Gift of Salvation and allowing me to enjoy it.
God Bless You
16 Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher,[f] what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep[g] the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” the man asked. And Jesus replied: “‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. 19 Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’[h]”
20 “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?” 21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions. 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 24 I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
25 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked