Whether it be a politician, a celebrity, an athlete or whoever has status, I enjoy “wiki-ing” them reading about their upbringing, where they are from, how old they are, what’s their marital status, how many kids and a list of all their accomplishments. I especially like knowing their origins, where they were born, if they were born with a “silver spoon in their mouth”, or did they have to work for everything they accomplished. Were they from small town or big city? I enjoy reading about people.
One man who encountered Jesus would have intrigued me. I would have “wiki-ed” him. This guy had a zest for life, full of accomplishments, good deeds, would have had high stature in his community, hardworking, and most likely well known. He was a very wealthy man. Mark 10:17-22 records his experience with the Lord, “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?” 18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’” 20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad because he had great wealth.” Jesus recognized that in the eyes of the world, this guy was very accomplished and worked hard to keep a good reputation being a man of character. But our incisive Lord knew he had a problem. “Jesus looked at him and loved him.” Christ looked right in this prosperous man’s eyes with love and said, “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” Ouch, that seemed to be so unfair. But was it? Jesus wanted this man to inherit eternal life. What on earth would have more value than life without end in the presence of God! This man of means had a “god”, his wealth, what he owned, and worshipped his things more than God. Notice what Jesus asked of this man emanated from a heart of “love.” Christ “loved him.” What seemed like a harsh request was not harsh at all. He had to let go of his god (small “g”) to get to know God (big “G”).
Matthew 16:25-26 states it this way, “25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
Do you have a god that is keeping you from knowing God? You can either walk “away sad” like the man above or give it over to God experiencing His abundant life eternally. Your choice.