A Tragic Story

In Mark 10:17-22, we have a tragic story of a young man who had everything going for Him but he chose poorly.  A young rich nobleman came to Jesus one day and asked Jesus how he might inherit eternal life.  Jesus then told him to live out the commandments.  The young responded and told Jesus he had done these things since he was a youth.  Now most of us would look at this young man with favor and even give him a position in our churches.  He was made of the right stuff on the outside.  Jesus however knew the one thing he loved more than the Kingdom.  Jesus looked at the young man and loved him.  He then told the young man to sell whatever he had and give it to the poor.  He then told the young man that with that he would have treasures in heaven.  The young man then had to pick up his cross and follow Jesus.  That is when the young man became sad and went away.  He rejected Jesus Christ because he loved his riches more than eternal life.  This story is being repeated thousands of times everyday.  People hear the message of the Kingdom and yet because of riches, popularity, power, fame, security or family they reject Jesus Christ and turn away from eternal and abundant life.  The message of salvation is wonderful and free but what you have to give up to receive it is important.  You have to give up everything to follow Christ.  You have to give up your sin, your broken dreams, the world, the flesh and the devil.  Seems to me an easy choice yet many choose not too.  Why?  Simple, they only see the here and now and not what will be.  Today I exhort you to look with eternal glasses and see that which will be and what can be and follow the Lord with all your heart.  Don’t be the rich young ruler.  Your promises today are:  John 3:16-17, Mark 10:27, Luke 1:37, 1 John 4:4, James 4:7, 1 Cor 10:13.  Your Insightful Sayings are:  Be aware of the time you live, be aware of the one who you serve, be aware of those you are called to minister too,  Are you ready for eternity.  You are aware that you are called not to judge but it is alright to be a fruit inspector.