The Rich Young Ruler
17As 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?" 18Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good-except God alone. 19You 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." 21Jesus 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." 22At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had greatwealth.
ONE OF THE TRAGEDIES OF THE BIBLE
had everything going for him, wealth, popularity, success, position, power (ruler), (Religiously Respectable), (Socially prominent) Politcally powerful The confusion cost, consequences
world's richest man--seek contentment somewhere else
Could have been in Who's Who but wound up in Who's Not -- Because he turned his back on Christ.
wealth w/o security Social standing w/o any standing before God
1.Youngcame at right time--didn't burn candle for Satan and blow smoke of a misspent life in
Young - Rich Ruler
2.Excited"came running" Enthusiasm Mover & Shaker
3.Humble"kneeling" in broad daylight, on the street not at night like Nicodemus
Some had rather be dignified than justified
4.Discerningcame to the right person --"good master" Not a cynic "I don't want to hear it" Devils initials carved on your heart
Knew something was lacking in his life--A spiritual vacuum
SexChrist is what you're looking for
ILLUS: Floor furnace
5.Spiritually minded--asked the right question--"what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
not seeking more money, hea ...
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