We've been poking around in the story of the rich young ruler all week, and the question comes to mind:
Why didn’t Jesus simply ask this wealthy man to give what was prescribed by the law?
I mean, Jesus took him to the law when the man asked how to inherit eternal life. Why not just walk him through all the offerings required throughout the Jewish year. I am told if you look at it legalistically it comes to somewhere around a third of your income in the various tithes and required offerings.
This is the heart of the story, if the truth be told.
Jesus was not looking for him to keep the law. He was not looking to add a rich giver to his entourage. In fact, in the end we find that Jesus invited him to first become poor, and then follow Him.
Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." - Matthew 19:21
This has been rolling around in my spirit all week, and I am sure I will be back to it again, but for today I have this short message.
God is not looking for a 10th of you – not a tenth of your income, not a half hour of you quiet time, not a segment of your social media, not one day a week.
Our Father wants all of you.
All your money.
All your time.
All your talent.
All your attention.
There – I said it. That’s the message of the rich young ruler.
Lord, help me to live fully abandon to your will and your way.
See you again soon.
If you have not read the "What Am I Lacking?" a first person account of this encounter, check it out - I think it will help.