17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 18 "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good-- except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'" 20 "Teacher," he declared, "all these I have kept since I was a boy." 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." 22 At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
He had great wealth
All his worldly needs were met
But he wondered about something money cannot buy - eternal life.
He asks the right questions.
Go and sell all your possessions and give to the poor.
Show Me you love Me more than money.
Show Me you love Me more that worldly riches.
Show Me you care about others.
Show Me you will obey My commands
Show Me you will follow Me.
He failed the test.
He chose earthly riches over eternal riches.
He chose money over God.
He chose eternity separated from God - with no money to buy comfort.
Irony - If he had yielded to Jesus and followed Him, he would have been even wealthier.
28 Peter said to him, "We have left everything to follow you!" 29 "I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields-- and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.
Bartimaeus - The Blind Man
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49 Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called to the blind man, "Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you." 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 "What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." 52 "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
He had nothing. He had to beg for a living.
He couldn't see, but he could hear. And he heard Jesus going by.
He cried out, "Son of David, have mercy on me.!"
He kept crying out. He made a scene.
He had faith. He was persistent. He would not be denied.
As a result, he was healed.
And he followed Jesus
The rich man went away poor spiritually, and the poor man went away rich.
The seeing man went away spiritually blind, the blind man went away seeing with eyes of faith
The rich man went away sad, the poor man went away happy.
The rich man went away with eternal suffering, the poor man went away with eternal life.
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?
What must I do to inherit eternal life?
The choice belongs to each of us.
Accept or Reject Jesus Christ
Be spiritually rich or spiritually poor
Be happy or sad for all eternity.
Be saved or lost forever.
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