The story of the Rich Young Ruler is an illustration of a man who felt he lacked something in life, went to Jesus Christ to ask for what he lacked, was told what to do to get what he lacked but went away empty-handed and still lacking what he originally felt he lacked. What a sad story line? This man was well-to-do i.e. he was a rich young man with potential to increase his wealth. This man had a rulership position in society with potential to rise through the ranks of power. Furthermore, he was Torah observant, meaning that he observed every iota of Jewish Law and he confessed that he had this since his boyhood. Even his approach to Jesus Christ reflects that he was well groomed and highly cultured. Moreover he was such a lovable person because even Jesus Christ could not help but love him. Could it be that you can have the RIGHT QUESTION, GO TO THE RIGHT MAN, IN THE RIGHT MANNER, GET THE RIGHT ANSWER BUT MAKE A WRONG DECISION? What are you lacking in your spiritual walk? Are you aware that what you lack in your spiritual walk will affect all the work you do for the Kingdom of God? With all due respect to my fellow Servants Of God, if this Rich Young Ruler belonged to any of our modern Churches which subscribe to the POPULAR HERMENEUTICS OF THE TIMES i.e. THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL, what he really lacked would not have been detected. He would have been classified as one the highly blessed of the Lord who would identify with Psalm 23 THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL LACK NOTHING. Blessed are those like King David, who when told what he lacked, was able to humble himself and plead with God for restoration. No wonder he is said to be a man after God’s heart. After flirting around with Uriah’s wife (Bathsheba), the Prophet Nathan confronted him on what he lacked and he went down on his knees (Psalm 51) and asked God to CREATE A CLEAN HEART AND A RIGHT SPIRIT in his life. Could it be that the world would be a better place to live if everyone of us had a CLEAN HEART AND A RIGHT SPIRIT? Going back to the Rich Young Ruler, we also glean another important lack with eternal value. The real problem with this young man was that he TREASURED MONEY rather than TREASURING GOD. He had an OBSESSIVE ATTACHMENT TO POSSESSIONS i.e. AN ADDICTIVE FIXATION ON MATERIAL THINGS. The instruction for him to go and sell all his possessions, give to the poor and then FOLLOW CHRIST was a test of ATTACHMENT. This was a test of where his heart was. Jesus has the same call to modern Christians: STOP TREASURING MONEY AND START TREASURING ME. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these other things (TREASURES) shall be added unto you. You cannot worship God and mammon. Be always inward-looking and check what is lacking in your walk with God.
ONE THING YOU LACK (Mark 10:17-26)