Jesus knew that the focus of the young man was his wealth. The true issue, the key question which every Christian must face, is whether or not a person has surrendered his entire life to God, or does he or she reserve some parts wholly for himself. What could be more simple? That preserve, that part of our life that is separate from God, can be anything. Well, this is news to a lot of people.
And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind, and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake, and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire, a still, small voice. To that end, Jesus asked the man to surrender that part of him which he kept separate and that he valued the most—his wealth. The question instead is this: The issue, as Jesus observes, is not simple obedience of rules and regulations. And what is this? For others, it may be a seemingly unimportant hobby or passion. But if we are honest with ourselves, we will see something, somewhere inside of us, that we cling to tenaciously, an area of our life which we stubbornly refuse to yield to God. Technology has revolutionized sex. Sex is not inconsequential, not even when one eliminates the baby issue. Put another way, does a person observe the more difficult commandments of the New Testament: It was, in the end, the thing that kept him from God. We are all required, at a minimum, to keep the commandments of God. We may not be rich young rulers, and we may think this gospel does not apply to us. There are two problems with that sort of thinking. In other circumstances, with other people, it was something else. The point is that in each instance, here is something separating the person from true worship, from a genuine relationship with God. How do we see ourselves, and more importantly, how do we appear to God? Fatherless babies were a huge burden on any society so society instituted marriage as the legitimate environment for sexual activity. Keep in mind that in this instance, wealth was simply the symptom of the disease. A young man, described as a rich ruler, comes to Jesus. We may lead moral lives, not breaking any of the rules, and we may think that this gospel does not apply to us. When sex meant babies as one and one equaled two social logic could deal with sex-the-drug and sex-the-procreation function in the same societal device; marriage. Jesus knew that the focus of the young man was his wealth. For many of us, this is a genuine challenge. He thus challenged his questioner to abandon the very thing that, whether or not the man knew it, separated him from God.
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