The Rich Young Ruler

A story that has been pressing heavily on my mind is the rich young man who asked Jesus what he needed to do in order to receive eternal life.

Jesus answered him, “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”

The young man asked Him which ones he should keep. Jesus then reminded him of several of the Ten Commandments we are all familiar with.

The young man responded, “All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?”

Jesus said, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.”( Matthew 19:16–22.)

Sister Burton said, “Jesus called him to become a part of His work—the work of a disciple. Our work is the same. We are to “lay aside the things of [the] world, … cleave unto [our] covenants,” and come unto Christ and follow Him. That’s what disciples do!” (2014)

The Lord has always required sacrifice. Really really hard sacrifices. I mean look at Abraham, we think he just had to sacrifice his son… but Abraham’s parents offered him to be sacrificed and he was miraculously delivered. He would have had major PTSD! He probably would have worked through the trauma of this event for many moments in his life. Then God asks him to do the same thing to his only son. The same son he waited years to have. The same son that was supposed to be the father of nations. God tests us to our limits. He needs brave soldiers.

Sister Burton states, “Like the rich young man in Jesus’s day, sometimes we are tempted to give up or turn back because maybe we think we can’t do it alone. And we are right! We cannot do the difficult things we have been asked to do without help. Help comes through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the guidance of the Holy Ghost, and the helping hands of others.” (2014)

So obviously riches is not my breaking point. Well, at least I am not aware that it is.. ( I am not ruling it out in later lessons in life but at this point it is not what would send me away sorrowing) But as I have asked myself this question all week the Lord has brought to my awareness what holds me back. It is a illuminating experience to ask the Lord how I am like this rich man. As I have applied this story He has given me greater insight into my own need to repent and metaphorically sell all i have and give to the poor. The good news is that whenever God asks us to do something hard He always prepares a way. We will find our own lamb in the thicket or celebrate our real treasure in heaven. Whenever we put Him to the test God always pours out a blessing.

This is a video dramatization of the bible story.

Just copy and paste the link to watch it.

The Rich Young Ruler

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