And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Mark 10:17
“…go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me”
This is perhaps the most unasked question that burns secretly in the hearts of every person. We long to know the answer. We long to stand, as it were on tip-toe to peek over the rim of this world into eternity. Neither any of Jesus’ disciples had asked this question nor any of the multitudes who had come to Jesus for healing. But this young man, who had great riches sensed an overwhelming need for something more in his life. He knew that one day all he possessed would no longer be of value, so he came and asked the question of all questions: Jesus’ answer (and the young man’s response) may still leave us dissatisfied. We may think there must be a simple formula. (Notice Jesus didn’t give to him what we call “The sinner’s prayer”) Jesus seemed less concerned with doctrinal belief and more concerned about our response to his word. He gave this young man four action words. Though that day that man went away sadly because of his riches, we can choose differently today.
Go – Sell – Give – Come
Here are four actions,. none of which are something God has said he would do for us.
Go – Take what we hear from Jesus and do something about it…
Sell – Commit fully and burn our bridges so there is no way to turn back…
Give – He will give us something of eternal value and now we must choose to give that to others
Come – If we take one step with the Savior, we will find ourselves on His path. If we follow Him on His path we will find His destination. When we find His destination we will be with Him forever!