I have been reading the book “Radical” by David Platt and it has been challenging me in some great ways. During the book David Platt referenced Mark 10:17-22 where it talks about the rich young ruler. Now I have heard this story numerous times and believed I had grasped everything I could from that passage…silly me. After Jesus and the young ruler talked about the commandments and the young man said, “Teacher, I have kept all these from my youth.” Then, looking at him, Jesus loved him and said to him, “you lack one thing: Go sell all you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven. Then come, follow me.” But he was stunned at this demand, and he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.
Did you notice it said that Jesus loved him and then told him what to do. You might be saying, “Wow Dave that is your big revelation don’t you know the Jesus loves me so song?” But sometimes I think we can miss this in the transition of our everyday lives. This young ruler wanted to know what he must do to inherit eternal life and Jesus loved him enough to tell him the truth. Jesus didn’t tell him to get rid of all his possessions because he wanted to see what he could get this guy to do like some double dog dare you do in 7th grade, or he didn’t really like this guy so he just threw out some unreasonable demand to get rid of him Jesus loved him.
I have heard many times from people “I don’t want to become a Christian and give up everything I like to do.” like Jesus is some giant buzz kill and just wants to take away those things that people enjoy. Just like the young ruler Jesus loves you and I and knows what things keep him from knowing him in a greater way and what keeps people from experiencing eternal life. Jesus wanted to give that young ruler a new life in him right then and there but for the young ruler the cost was just too high. Some versions say the young ruler was stunned which meant he was “shocked” or “appalled” others say he became “gloomy” and he walked away. What about you and I? It doesn’t mean that Jesus is going to ask you and I to get rid of all of our possessions but maybe he will! Maybe he is asking you to take a new job? Maybe move to another state or another country? Maybe he is asking you to take a step of faith that you know on your own power is just not possible? Whatever it may be and whatever step Jesus is asking you to take know that it is because he loves you, want to shower his grace on you in some awesome ways, so you may reflect his glory to the world!
How has God been challenging you lately? What steps is he asking you to take?