Isn't it awesome that the bible was written thousands of years ago, yet remains so relevant for us today! Taking a familiar passage of Scripture and applying the passage to our lives helps us grow in our daily walk with the Lord. Therefore, let’s look at the story of the rich young ruler from the perspective of Christ calling for acceptance of Him as Savior and Christ calling us into full devotion to Him.
Mark 10:17— As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Notice the attitude of the rich young ruler. He ran to Jesus. The young man did not approach Jesus with an arrogant demeanor. The man fell on his knees. This is a clear sign of reverence for Christ. The title "Good" refers to God, as only God is good. This man who had all the wealth anyone could possibly want acknowledges that he is lacking the most important wealth. That treasure is the security of eternal life in heaven. He was sincerely seeking Christ. However, as the story continues, Christ demands from the young man full devotion. Christ tells him to sell all he had and donate the proceeds to the poor then follow Him. The man's prosperity was interfering with being a fully devoted Christ-follower. Sadly, the man chose his earthly wealth over eternal wealth.
Jesus points out in Mark 10:25—“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. I want to take the liberty here of stretching the Greek translation of camel to the word cable. I do this only to illustrate a point and certainly not to re-write the Bible.
For just a moment picture in your mind a cable or rope, now notice how the cable has many strands of small cords tightly bound together. Each one is overlapping the other to form a large cable. A single simple strand could pass through the eye of a needle if all the excess ones were removed. My question to you is this. What is binding you today? What is keeping you from becoming a more fully devoted follower of Christ? What excess cords do you need to remove? Is your life like a cable with strands of past sins? Past hurts? Past broken relationships? Past sorrows or regrets? How about present worldly desires? Are these strands binding you? Are they strangling you to the point of not being able to pass through the eye of the needle to full devotion to Christ?
Start today unraveling the bondage of the past as well as present worldly desires. Pull away each piece and lay them at the cross. Let God take it. What a wonderful thought, giving all your unraveled life to God. Who can better handle it than Him?