With the fluctuation of the stock market, one can, and many have
lost their shirts, so to speak. It’s always risky business to place your money
in the hands of someone else and trust them to bring you a great return. Jesus knew how precious our belongings and money could become, especially when he told the rich man to rid himself of all his possessions.
Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete (perfect), go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." (Matthew 19:21)
Are Your Belongings Ruling You?
How attached to “stuff” are you? Does possessing all your material gain and riches bring comfort? I would beg to say that this is not the case, as we see here with this rich man. Jesus could have easily said “Money can’t buy you love. If you are in need of God’s love, you need to prioritize your desires.” Jesus saw through this man’s piety when the rich man said that he had kept all of the commandments from his youth. Here it is important to note that a commandment keeper is not necessarily a Jesus follower.
I commend this young rich man for this that he had kept the commandments. Anyone of us knows how difficult it is to keep the commandments or the laws of God, so I know that his fortitude in keeping God’s law was something well accomplished, yet Jesus requested more. You see, he was known as the rich young ruler, when in fact, his
riches were ruling him.
Jesus was able to see that the man’s motives that helped him attain such riches, were wrong. He desired the young man to be attached to Him, to follow Him, and to lose his attachment for the things of this world. If the things we possess rule us, then we are in the same predicament. Have you found yourself attached to your stuff and not attached to our Master and Lord Jesus Christ?
Breaking Off Our Attachment To Earthly Gain
How do we break off our attachment to earthly gain? We consider all that we have as belonging to Christ. The owner of the donkey and colt must have understood this principle, as the disciples came to get them.
“Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” (Matthew 21:2-3)
And so it came to pass, as this is part of the resurrection story, where Jesus then enters Jerusalem riding a donkey and colt, as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9. Days later he is crucified.
As we remember this time of the year, the Lord’s death and resurrection, let us remember also that nothing is more important than following our Lord. That our material gain cannot get us into heaven. We must learn not to invest our treasures where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. How do we do this? By surrendering our belongings, our lives, our heart and spirit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Had the young rich ruler understood fully what Jesus was saying, he may not have turned away so troubled.
How You Can Be Made Complete
If the Lord came to your home today in need of something that you possess, would you be willing to give it to Him, no strings attached? Let us take a moment during this very hallowed season to reflect on the greatest treasure ever given to man----Jesus, the Son of God, and His blood that took away our sin. Let us lay up our treasures in a place where our investment will yield high returns so that we too may be complete.
By Jane Morin
About the Author
Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!