Back in the 80’s and 90’s, there used to be a show called Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. This show presented a behind the scenes look at the extravagant lifestyles of the wealthiest people around the world. It featured their huge mansions, their beautiful gardens and pools, their massive collection of vehicles, their yachts, planes, diamonds, pearls, decadent dinners and over the top vacation destinations.
This reminds me of the rich, young man in Mark 10.
The rich man asked Jesus in verse 17:
“What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
19 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.’”
The rich man responded:
“All these I have kept from my youth.”
And then Jesus looked at him lovingly and said:
“You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
When Jesus told the disciples to “come, follow me” – they immediately dropped their nets and followed Jesus (Mark 4:20).
This was NOT the response of the rich man. Instead Mark 10:22 says:
22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Jesus promised the rich man, He’d give him treasures in heaven. The rich man wanted his treasures now. He did not have the faith to wait.
Instead of the rich man owning his possessions – his possessions owned him.
Do your possessions own you?
In Matthew 6:24 Jesus tells us:
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
It’s one or the other.
We are either devoted to God…
or we are devoted to money.
Let’s imagine this rich man on the last day of his life, living it up in his mansion made of marble, with servants and pools surrounded by lush gardens. As he breathes his last breath, he enters into eternity and there he stands – without his mansion, without his servants, without his gardens and…
There he stands, stripped bare before the throne of…
The One True God.
Jesus tells his disciples:
23 “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.”
28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.”
29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
OH how I love this promise from Jesus – he promises, there is no one who has left their house or family or land for the sake of the gospel, who will not receive a HUNDREDFOLD in the age to come!
What a glorious promise and hope we have in Jesus! Oh how I love Jesus.
How deep is your love for Jesus?
Consider this quote from John Piper:
“If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters…
could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there?”
I hope your love for Jesus runs deeper than any temporary thing on earth.
Having money is not a sin. That is not what this passage is about. It’s about a lifestyle. A lifestyle that exalts money above Jesus. A lifestyle that embraces the temporary over the eternal. A lifestyle that runs hard after all this world offers. A lifestyle that turns its back on all that Jesus offers. A lifestyle that lacks faith.
Jesus is calling to you today, “come, follow me.”
Will your answer be – “I’m all yours Lord, use me” or like the rich man, will you walk away sorrowful because you have things in your life you can not let go of for Jesus?
The choice is yours.
Or rewards for eternity.
Choose Jesus today.
Trust that you’ll receive a hundredfold more in eternity.
Walk with the King,
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