We all know the story of the rich young man who approached Jesus (Mark 10)… The rich young man wants to know what more he can do to live righteously. He calls Jesus “Good master” as he approaches Him, and Jesus’ reply is interesting… “Why do you call me good?” By saying this, Jesus places himself on the same level as the young man; Jesus wants this young man to know that he can approach Him with trust and ease. Jesus wants you to approach Him in the same way – with trust and with ease. Then Jesus asks the young man simply to follow the commandments, but because of Jesus’ divine nature, He already knew the young man obeyed the commandments. So why would He say that? Because He knew that as the young man explained himself, he would recognize himself as a good person, and this was Jesus’ desire. And that is the same with you. Christ wants you to understand that you are good and despite all that has happened to you in your divorce, He sees and loves this goodness in you.
The tipping point for the young man was, “sell what you own and follow me.” This was the point where the rich young man’s life could have changed in ways he never would have dreamed of! But instead of following, he walked away, sad, unable to let go of his possessions – the things he believed to be too valuable to give up. Jesus was sad too, because someone He loved was refusing him. But, Jesus did not force the young man to follow. Jesus, Himself, showed us the art of “letting go.” He loved him but did not force him to stay. Is there something you need to let go of? I invite you to take time this week to reflect upon this story and see what the Holy Spirit is telling you.
Jesus looked steadily at him and he was filled with love for him, and he said, “You need to do one thing more. Go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” – Mark 10: 20-21