Monday: 20th August, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 19:16-22
Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
When a person like Bill Gates, who has been a permanent face on the list of the world’s richest men for a significant period of time, casually mentions in any interview that ‘I have more than 50 billion dollars in assets,’ it isn’t because he is blowing his own trumpet, but only stating the facts. And like the young man mentioned in the Gospel today, many successful people, are never satisfied with their current level of success and always seek to go a step further.
This man was confident in stating the fact that he had diligently followed all the commandments and now He wanted to gain eternal life – which was a step away from his current position. Therefore, his question to Jesus can be compared to Gates saying ‘I am a billionaire now, how do I become a ‘trillionaire’?
In our juxtaposition, Jesus’ answer to the young man in question was a reminder of the commandments, which to Gates would be along the lines of: ‘make the right connections, get your timings right, take risks etc – suggestions to which his response would be similar, if not the same as that of the young man in the Gospel ‘I have been doing that since my youth’.
However, this is followed by the question many dare not ask: “what do I still lack?” For the believer, our answer is found in this text : ‘And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son'(1 John 5:11). Sweetheart, if in spite of your achievements, there is still something more you lack, then who you need is Jesus, the son of God. Gain him, and you will attain the perfection you seek.
Remember # You can follow the commandments to the letter and still be incomplete -seek Jesus.