I don’t know about you but if you’re anything like me, you might read the Bible every so often and start to think to yourself, “Alright Jesus, what do you have against wealthy people” when you read passages like this. I mean, sure it’s easy to read the stories of people going to prison for embezzlement and businessmen abandoning their families for their rise on the corporate ladder and see why greed is a sin but that’s not exactly the point in today’s passage. It was a rich man who Jesus said like many other rich men who would have a hard time following Jesus. But not because they were rich but instead because they weren’t willing to give up their idol. This particular rich man even said that he kept all of the commandments and Jesus didn’t deny this (He’s already more moral then the majority of us reading this) but instead Jesus knowing His heart (and ours) tells Him to sell his possessions and follow Him. It wasn’t that the man wanted more but instead that he wasn’t willing to give it all up.
Remember idolatry is placing ANYTHING, even a GOOD thing over God. This man’s possessions weren’t a bad thing. In fact if he was keeping all of the commandments, he may have been doing very good things with them. But he wasn’t willing to give them up for God making those possessions into a god. To put God first in our lives means that we must be willing to give up anything and everything to Follow Him as Jesus says. This includes our careers, families, positions, friendships, hobbies, preferences, the list can go on and on. It’s not just the sinful things that Christ died for on the cross but anything that can stand in the way of the worship He alone deserves. May this be a reminder to all of us of what it takes to count the cost to follow Jesus.
- What can you potentially put before God?
- What’s the reward we receive in Heaven AND on earth of Following Jesus?
By: Erik Koliser