The Rich Young Ruler


A rich young ruler came to Jesus one day and asked Him what good thing he must do to gain eternal life. Jesus said, “Keep the commandments.”

“Which ones?” asked the young man.

“Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honor your father and your mother, and love your neighbor as yourself,” Jesus answered.

“I have kept all these,” the young man responded.

“If you want to be perfect,” Jesus said, “go, sell all your possessions and give to the poor. You will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me” Jesus said.

The rich man walked away sad because he had great wealth and possessions (Matthew 19:16-22).


The rich young ruler had done everything right he knew to do, but he still felt empty. I’m sure from his question he thought there must be more to life than the day-to-day eating, working, resting, finding pleasure. His riches only left him wanting more, but apparently nothing satisfied. Jesus wanted to change that for the young man by changing his focus–stop his reliance on money and possessions and think about things that are true–loving God and loving others. Not only are these fulfilling; they cause us to build up treasures in heaven. It is not a sin to be rich, but God wants us to share what we have, to give generously and trust Him, not our wealth.


Lord, thank you for the life you have given us. Make us good stewards of our blessings–to spend and save wisely and to be generous. It would be easier for us to be selfish and think we deserve what we have. Teach us how to be loving. Show us opportunities we can help others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Where is Your Treasure?

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What do you value most in life? Gold or silver? Time, wealth or health? Possessions, relationships, love or acceptance? I’ve discovered the the fun of shopping fades when the newness wears off of the things I bought, and the value of big item possessions depreciates. Emptiness led me to seek personal acceptance, but my people pleasing efforts led to feelings of loneliness and despair.

Jesus has the answer: “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

God rescued me from a hunger for possessions and acceptance. His amazing love transformed my life and gave me purpose. He is my treasure today and forever.


Did you know burial suits do not have pockets? What do you carry in your pockets? Cash, debit card, credit card, driver’s license? None of these count for eternity. All that matters is what we do for Christ. The mercy and compassion we show others continues to live in them. How do you minister God’s love to people you come in contact with?


Father God, You are my treasure. You make my life worth living. Help me to live in a way that others will experience your amazing love through something I said or did. Help me to be more like Jesus. Amen.