This is one of the tragic episodes in the Gospels – the rich young ruler who walks away from Jesus – and Jesus lets him. Jesus will have our real love and commitment, not an imitation.
Luke tells us right back at the start of his book Jesus’ self-proclaimed purpose,
“I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.”
And then in today’s passage we have more pointers and signs and wisdom on His kingdom.
This man who comes to Jesus and asks about inheriting eternal life, he was not receiving the kingdom of God like a child.
And Jesus very clearly points to the problem – The man’s heart was divided, he was not devoted in a singular fashion to his God. That is, this man had other gods besides GOD.
The first four commandments God gave to His people from Mount Sinai are about how we are to relate with Him, and the second six are about how that relationship should inform how we relate with those around us, fellow man.
But the second six cannot be the whole and sum of our obedience, of our motives and purpose – They have no meaning without the first four!
Let’s hear Jesus’ words today, may they ring in our hearts,
“… And come, follow me.”
* Gracious Father,
Thank You that You save us, even though we were Your enemies.
Thank You that through Your word You show us how we are to live as Your kingdom people.
Please help us Lord to choose Your wisdom, step by step, each day.