Mark 10: 17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
Much can be said about this incident. There is one thing for sure and it remains. Jesus loved every one, even his enemies and non-followers. He loved them enough to be straight with them. I’m thankful Jesus tells us the truth even when it hurts. His love is evident. Sometimes it goes unmentioned. At times it is listed as him having compassion for someone. Jesus felt their plight. He loved them and had compassion on them. The multitudes were fed. Many were healed. It’s not always mentioned how Jesus felt, but it really goes without saying. Jesus loved them, and he loves us. He loved us enough to give himself for us on the cross. He loves us enough to be honest with us about our needs.
Jesus beheld this young man and loved him. Doing something like this might go hand in hand with people who are good to you or are appealing. It is hard to love an enemy or one who treats you wrong. Jesus beholds us all as we are and loves us anyway. Even though he knows all about us he still loves us. He chose to come from heaven and love us while we were in our unlovable state. God sees us differently than how others see us. It’s how the Lord feels and what he sees that counts. We need a Savior. That’s why Jesus came. He did so ungrudgingly. If others saw you and me as we really are, would they feel the same way about us? Jesus beholds it all. In fact, he sees more that should turn him away, but he still loves us.
It is easy for us to pick the flaws of this young man, but he was no more flawed than we are. The devil doesn’t want you to be helped. He wants you to be a failure, to feel like a failure. On your own you cannot please God. If you trust in Jesus and dedicate your heart and life to him, you will have the ability to go on and live for God. You’ll have a place in his kingdom.
Are you holding back from God? Are you doing the right things on the outside but inside you’re trying to hide from him? We’re an open book to God. It takes God to love us. As humans we’re limited in our perceptions of each other. We are misguided. We get things wrong. Jesus never gets things wrong. He beholds us and could turn away with reason. He doesn’t turn away or turn us away. That’s our Savior! That’s our hope! In the eyes of the Lord we are totally open. You may feel ugly. All of us have some kind of ugliness in our past that might keep others from us. God knows it and has all along. He still chooses to love.
Jesus did that for this young man. He beheld him. He wanted him to be a follower. There is no record that this man ever made a change. We assume that valuing his possessions more than anything, he never made things right. We have no idea what he could have been if he had sold out for the Lord. Jesus can make something out of us when we give our lives to him. He doesn’t check our skill level or abilities first. He doesn’t look at what we lack. None of us are qualified for salvation. We’re saved because of his love. He gave himself for us though we were unworthy. What we have now is worth more than what we had. The devil wants us to value other things above God. You may feel like you are not savable. You cannot change your past. No matter what you’ve done, the sin can be forgiven. You’ll always have a past, but it doesn’t have to condemn you to hell. You can’t change it, but Jesus can forgive you for it. There is no reason you can’t be saved. There is no reason you can’t go to heaven. When lives are turned over to God, we can be saved. We can go to heaven.
He was a rich young man. Jesus observed his lack of shame in running to him and kneeling before him. The man was dressed with the trimmings of success, yet he excitedly ran to Jesus and fell down on his knees. He blocked out the crowd. Nothing mattered but getting to Jesus. There was no arrogance when his image showed there could have been. Jesus liked what he saw in this young man. He saw his sincerity. This man had everything he wanted—money and name. He knew something was missing. He asked Jesus, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? Having need of nothing, he still knew he needed something. People have forgotten the need to ask for salvation. No one will ask if he or she doesn’t feel the need. Jesus is yours for the asking. Without him you do not have the promise of heaven.
You do not have what it takes to become a child of God. You do have the ability to repent. You can’t change your past but you can repent of it. Jesus will forgive you if you ask. Turn yourself over to him. Let him change you. Jesus beheld this man and loved him. You may not think you’re worth much, but to Jesus you are. If you let go of your life and trust Jesus more than you trust anything else, he can change you. He can save you. Whatever keeps you from salvation is not worth it. Jesus loves you enough to offer you what you lack. He paid it all.
Jesus was honest with this man. He told him to give all he had to the poor. You may see this as an impossible request. What he asked was no more than what Jesus gave—it all. He left heaven, followed the will of the Father to the death on Calvary. Compared to the responsibilities involved, being the Savior had much more responsibility involved. We share the responsibility of being a Christian only by being born again. You don’t try to be a Christian. That is something you become. It is what Jesus makes you when you trust in him. You can’t help Jesus save you. He is the fixer. You have to trust him to do it. None of us would be saved without trusting Jesus. Jesus told the young man what to do. He waited for his answer.
Jesus sees you as you are. He sees what he can do for you. He has told you what is required. He’s waiting on your answer. This young man considered it. He looked at his wealth and went away sad. He valued his possessions more than eternal life. Are your possessions that great? Do they mean that much to you? We all can have a full life now. We don’t have to wait until we die. Without a dime in our pocket and with Jesus in our heart, we can still have it all. Life can be enjoyable now as well as in the hereafter. As Jesus looks at you, he waits on your answer. Do what’s right.