the young man heard that command, he went away grieving, because he had many
Your life is the sum of the responses you have made toward God. Once God
makes Himself known to you, what you do next is your decision. Your reaction
reflects what you believe about Him. The rich, young ruler lived a moral life.
He was well versed in Scripture and the laws of God. But his response to Jesus'
invitation clearly showed that, although he possessed a head knowledge of the
teachings of God, he did not know God in an experiential way that could be
demonstrated by a response of faith (Matt.
Whenever the Lord speaks to you, it will require an adjustment in your life.
This truth can dramatically affect your prayer life. Every time you pray you
must be aware that if God answers your prayer and reveals His will to you, it
will immediately require you to reorient your life. Each time you read your
Bible, you must to be prepared to obey what God tells you.
Why did God use Peter and James and John so significantly to turn their world
upside down? And why were others, like the rich, young ruler, never heard from
again? Choices! The disciples chose to believe, and their belief was proven by
their obedience. The rich, young ruler could not bring himself to obey, and
Scripture tells us that he "went away sorrowful.” You are faced with the same
question as the rich, young ruler. What adjustments are you willing to make in
order to respond positively to Christ?—Experiencing God Day by Day