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In Mark 10:17-22 we find the story of the rich young ruler. (Read Passage)
There were good things that this rich young ruler did. He was a young, bright, exciting, and intelligent man. There were at least four tremendously significant, noble, and worthwhile things that this young man did. He came to Jesus when a person ought to come to Jesus. One ought to come to Jesus as soon as one knows and understands one is a sinner. The rich young ruler came to Jesus as a young person. The finest thing for one to do is to come to Christ at the earliest possible moment. Once a person understands that one is in sin, has rebelled against God, knows right from wrong, and knows that there is no hope in the world other than through Christ, one should come to Christ, whatever one's age.
The rich young ruler did a great thing by coming to Jesus when he was young. I remember preaching a revival in Arkansas while still in college. I got back to the dormitory room and several guys said, "Smith, what kind of revival did you have?" I said, "We had a great meeting. We had a seventy-year-old man saved." They rejoiced in that. I thought, “What a tremendous thing. This man had been hearing preachers for seventy years and had never gotten saved until I came along. I'm nine- teen years old and he heard me at seventy and was saved.” I turned out the light and went to bed, but in a few moments, got back up, turned the lights back on, and apologized to those I had just talked with. I forgot to tell them that in the same revival a little nine-year-old boy had also accepted Jesus Christ as Savior.
Sometimes in revival meetings young children accept Christ and people say, "They don't know what they are doing. They must have all followed each other." That has happened, of course. But when I think of that seventy-year-old man coming to Christ and the nine year old boy, I say to myself, "What is so great about wasting sixty-nine years of you ...
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