One day Jesus was approached by a man who asked the question, “What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” You know, I think most people ask themselves that question at some point in their life. We’re all going to die sometime and it would be nice to know if we are going to get into heaven. This guy appears to go straight to the source of knowledge and wisdom.
Jesus told him to just keep all the commandments and the man replied, “I’ve done that since my youth!” Since Jesus looks at the heart (cause that’s what God does), He was able to tell him that he lacked one thing. In Mark 10:21, it says, “… looking at him, loved him and said to him, “Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” I’ve begun a series to explore “the prosperity gospel” because I’m interested in what the WORD says about blessing, wealth, money and possessions.
The answer Jesus gave this guy is loaded with powerful, life freeing truth! First, Jesus gave him exactly what he needed to hear. The guy walked away and was sad because his possessions had him instead of the other way around. Jesus also told him that he’d have treasures in heaven and was welcomed to follow Him. There’s more to explore, but for now just listen to Jesus and you’ll get in!