A wealthy young man came to Jesus once, seeking advice. He had money, social status and youth but still felt empty. He rushed over to Jesus and asked a good question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Like many religious people he was searching. Was he seeking the truth, or looking for someone to reinforce his own beliefs?
When Jesus suggested that he keep the commandments the young man said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.”
His spirituality was external spirituality. He followed certain rules and ceremonies but had no inner sense of peace.
Being a Christ-follower is more than keeping rules. “One thing you lack,” Jesus said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21
Jesus looked into the soul of that man and saw a great hunger in his heart. He had so much but he was not satisfied. He longed for joy and peace that the world could not give him. The world is full of people, some are rich and some are not, trying to fill the emptiness. They indulge in all that the world has to offer but they are never satisfied.
Peace with God is received not achieved. Jesus wanted this rich, powerful totally self sufficient young man to be completely dependent on Him. Jesus was calling him to completely rework his life and his values. This is the normal price of being a Christ-follower. Jesus does not call us to poverty but to complete faith and trust in Him. Jesus once told a crowd, “Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:33
It’s much easier to be a fan of Jesus than it is to be a follower. Followers have their lives turned upside down. Are you prepared to follow Jesus, trust him completely and be single minded in your devotion?
95% commitment to Jesus Christ is 5% too short.