Matthew 19:18-20 (NKJV) 18 He said to Him, “Which ones?” Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” 20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”
This is Matthew’s account of when Jesus counseled a rich young ruler. It begins like this, “Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments”” (Matthew 19:16-17 NKJV). So the young man asked Jesus, “Which ones?” Notice that the young man did not even pick up on the fact that Jesus was making the connection between Himself and God. But nevertheless, Jesus gave him a short list of commandments. This young man was delighted with Jesus’ answer because he had kept those commandments. He was a good person, and yet, the young man recognized that he still lacked something in his life. Now this is interesting because the short list of commandments that Jesus gave to the young man was composed of the last section of the Decalogue better known as the Ten Commandments. These commandments deal with people’s relationship with one another. The first four commandments of the Decalogue deals with man’s relationship to God. Jesus did not mention these, because He knew that this young man was thinking that he had been a pretty good person since his youth. However, in verse 21, Jesus directs the young man’s attention to his relationship to God. “Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”” What Jesus said to the young man has application for all of us. Jesus is saying if we want to be complete, if we want meaning in life, if we want purpose in life, then we should follow Him. Jesus is saying that the things of this world are non-essential for salvation. Because our relationship with God is what matters. By God’s grace we are saved. And our relationship with God gives us direction and fulfillment. If we follow Jesus, He will lead us to the cross for forgiveness, salvation, and reconciliation. God reconciled sinful man unto Himself through the shed blood of His only begotten Son. God is rejoicing in heaven today, because He has made a way for us to be saved. And the Way is Jesus Christ His Son. But the young man’s riches kept him from following Jesus. My friend, is there something in your life that is keeping you from following Jesus? Is there something that is separating you from the Lord Jesus Christ? Is there anything in the way that is keeping you from accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.