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How much would you pay for
eternal life? The editors of WORTH MAGAZINE recently asked some of our
country's wealthiest citizens that very question.
The rich young ruler asked
Jesus a form of this very question when he asked: "Good teacher, what
shall I do to inherit eternal life?" (Mark 10:17)
Outwardly, this man had it
all. He was young, wealthy and powerful, yet he wanted more. Inwardly,
something was missing. He worried about his eternal destiny.
Showing due respect, he knelt
before Jesus and called Him "Good Teacher." Before the man could
continue, Jesus interrupted him and asked him why he called Him "good."
Jesus wasn't being contentious,
rather, He was leading the young man into spiritual introspection. Did
he know Jesus was God? Is this why he called Him good, or was he just being
No doubt he was searching
for an answer. His curiosity certainly motivated him. The question Jesus
asked him went straight to the reason for the motivation. Did he think
Jesus was an answer, or did he know He is the answer? Did he think Jesus
was good or did he know He is God?
God does not want to be one
of our solutions; He wants us to trust in Him exclusively. The rich young
ruler learned that he had to stop trusting in his wealth and follow Jesus.
On average, the wealthy women,
responding to the magazines' survey would pay just over $300,000.00. The
men were a bit more generous, they would give a cool million. Unfortunately,
money can't reserve them a spot in heaven. Fortunately, salvation is available
to all who will accept Jesus as their Savior