As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
In Mark 10, we meet a man known as the Rich Young Ruler. He’s a good man, a religious man, and he recognizes something unique in Jesus. He humbles himself and asks Jesus what he needs to do to inherit eternal life. That is not a typical question for a wealthy young person; his heart is bent toward God. He tells Jesus he has kept the commandments, and Jesus says, “Then you’re only lacking one thing. You need to sell your things and follow me.” It’s the same invitation that Peter, James, and John received. But the young man went away saddened, because he was wealthy and thought the invitation was too costly. Did Jesus need his wealth? No. He was giving him an invitation to a life far beyond what his earthly riches could provide. The man was thoroughly invested in time and had a small imagination of eternity.
Heavenly Father, I offer myself as a living sacrifice to You. You know my every need and see all of my tomorrows. Holy Spirit, show me to be effective for You today. Help me to invest in things that will matter for eternity. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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