The rich young man

October 31st, 2013

My wife and I were reading the story of the rich young man who approached Jesus this morning. It is found in Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-31 and Luke 18:18-30.

Today we read from the Mark version. The young man asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus tells him to obey God’s commands at first and once the young man says he has done that. Jesus then says to sell all he owns, give it to the poor and follow Him. As he was very wealthy he went away sad.

Today I have three observations as I read and reflected.

1. Harshly judged

Over the years I have judged him harshly. I thought if Jesus asked me directly surely I would have responded straight away. Then I remembered the times when God has asked me to do something and I delayed, or reasoned with myself that surely God didn’t mean that. Only to respond several days or weeks or months later.

2. Jesus viewed him with love

Another thing I noticed today is that verse 21 is the words “Jesus looked on him with love”. It was a loving, caring response which Jesus knew was best for him to be all he could be. It wasn’t harsh or judgmental like with some of the Pharisees.

3. He only lacked one thing

Finally in verse 21 Jesus said, “One thing you lack…”. It wasn’t a list of all the many things he needed to do. The rich young man lacked one thing. It was a big thing that is a stumbling block to many people. But in reality Jesus said he only lacked one thing. I wish I only lacked one thing!

I found it interesting to revisited the story of the rich young ruler today. There was a few more things in there that I hadn’t seen before.

God Bless,