“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. (Matthew 19:20-22 NIV)
Юноша говорит Ему: всё это сохранил я от юности моей; чего еще недостает мне? Иисус сказал ему: если хочешь быть совершенным, пойди, продай имение твое и раздай нищим; и будешь иметь сокровище на небесах; и приходи и следуй за Мною. Услышав слово сие, юноша отошел с печалью, потому что у него было большое имение. (От Матфея 19:20-22 Russian)
O LORD our God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for the grace and mercy that you lavish upon all people in the world and especially to Christians who faithfully obey your beloved Son. Stir up renewed desire and commitment in the hearts of all believers so that more of the faithful will make the great commitment required of this rich young man. Prick the hearts of those who have made this great sacrifice but now look back with longing and regret. Help us to permanently know that whatever we give up in order to follow Christ Jesus will bring great rewards in the new world. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
Since he had great riches, the “rich young ruler” sorrowfully away from Christ. The new world that Christ promises is available to everyone who trusts and obeys Christ as Lord. Whether rich of poor, we all have stuff keeping us from giving our whole heart to Christ. We must ask ourselves, “Do I really want to be part of the spectacular new world that is far superior than this present world?”
David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister