“You shall have no other gods before Me.”
“‘One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and [you] come, follow Me.’ But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property.”
The rich young ruler was not as pious as he presented himself to be.
What makes a person rich in God’s eyes?
What does piousness look like to God?
While it is true that this is the only occassion in Scripture reveals Jesus said this to anyone that does not mean that we cannot, and should not learn the lesson of our possessions and the Person who blessed us with them.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus did not start with the 1st commandment, ‘You shall have no gods before Me?’
What is a god to God?
Now that you have been presented with that question what do you believe is the reason why Jesus started elsewhere within the Commandments in engaging this rich young ruler?
Unfortunately, there are still so many who serve possessions, positions, promotions and paychecks more than the God who calls them to abandon everything with, “[You] Come, follow Me!”
You say, “I do follow Jesus.”
Do you now?
What are you dragging along with you as you ‘follow’ Jesus that He believes is not beneficial to you really following Him?
In the NASB the word ‘immediately’ is used 80x in the gospels. 40 of those times, or 50% of the usages, are found in Mark’s gospel.
When Jesus speaks to you how long does it take before you obey?
When Jesus speaks to you do you determine when you will obey?
When Jesus speaks to you do you determine what you will obey?
What or who do you have in your life that you hold onto that is more important to you than following Jesus the way Jesus demands you follow Him?
You should really think about your answers!
You really should, now!
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Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A Radical Spiritual Revolutionary and Follower of Christ Jesus
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