Rich Young Ruler – What is Jesus Saying About Love?
Most of my life because of wrong teaching I have believed that in order to serve God I needed to give away or sell or sacrifice all that I was given, earned or possessed.
I got this wrong belief due to a sermon I had heard. As a young boy I was told that in order to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven you need to sell all that you possess and follow Christ. You may have heard it, “The Rich Young Ruler”. It is in Matthew 19: 16-22 and also in Mark 10: 17- 37.
The story goes;
As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. “You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’” And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property. Mark 10:17-22
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