The rich young ruler went to Jesus because he knew that something was missing in his life. When you find that you are lacking something in your life or you have questions that you can’t seem to find the answers to, what do you do? Do you go to Jesus? This young man did. He went to Jesus for the answer to his question, “…what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
After Jesus mentioned some of the commandments which the young man kept from his youth, the young man asked Him, “what do I still lack?” He realized that keeping the commandments was not enough. Jesus told him what the problem was and gave him the solution. “If you would be perfect, go and sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow Me.” When the young man heard this, he was sad and he went away because he had many possessions. He wanted to know how to inherit eternal life but was not willing to do what was necessary. He placed more value on his riches than on God’s kingdom.
What are you unwilling to let go of even if it costs you your salvation? What is hindering you from completely submitting to Christ? What you are holding on to instead of letting go of so that you could take up your cross and follow Him? Is it a lifestyle, a cherished sin, a relationship, an addiction? Don’t make the same mistake as the young ruler did. Don’t believe that going to church every week, being involved in church ministry or community service will be enough to get you into the kingdom. There is nothing we can do to inherit eternal life (Ephesians 2:8, 9). A total commitment to Christ is what is needed. You need to let go of whatever is taking the place of God in your life and in your heart.
The rich young ruler had two choices–God or riches. He chose the latter. Are you willing to leave all for the sake of Christ and the Kingdom as the disciples did? The reward for doing so far outweighs any riches or material things you may accumulate here on earth.